Next to Darth Vader, that Yoder fella, all them laser swords, and the princess’s buns, John Williams’ theme and “Imperial March” are the most recognizable pieces from the “Star Wars” films. So we can assume that new director J.J. Abrams would consider bringing the maestro on board of “Episode VII” to put a spin on the old classic, right? Well, if he does, Williams is ready to go, just as long as he can still wave the old baton.
During a recent performance at the Young Musicians Foundation gala, before ripping into the “Star Wars” theme, Williams intro’d the bit by saying the following:
We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy. Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].
If Williams can’t jump on scoring duties, I’m certain frequent Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino (no slouch himself!) would step up to the plate. Giacchino smacked it out of the park on Abrams’ “Star Trek” by reinterpreting Alexander Courage’s original score, while taking into a BOLD new direction. In my opinion, it would be fantastic if Williams and Giacchino teamed up. Let Williams bang out the classics, while Giacchino adds that new-fangled FLARE the kids are looking for.
[Source: John Williams Fan Network]