A Star Wars saga movie isn’t complete until composer John Williams has put his distinctive stamp on it. The legendary composer just turned 85, but he’s still a hard working music man, and even when he’s not holding the baton himself in front of a symphony making a Star Wars soundtrack, his influence still looms large over anyone that dares to orchestrate the musical side of a Star Wars adventure. So it should come as no surprise that Williams will be back, working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it does come as something of a surprise that Williams’ work has already begun.
Yesterday, filmmaker Robert Meyer Burnett posted the following on Twitter. How he knows, he didn’t say, but it suggests some interesting dimensions for The Last Jedi.
LAST JEDI scoring update. Last Thursday was John Williams' 85th Birthday. He's conducting. Rian Johnson wants to use the score for editing.
— Robert Meyer Burnett (@BurnettRM) February 12, 2017
Of course, a lot of work is done on a film score before anyone starts to record it, and Williams is said to have been writing the music since before Christmas, but 10 months out from the film’s release is a fairly early start time to begin laying down tracks. It sounds like director Rian Johnson is looking for something more symbiotic in the musical relationship with the film, he will be taking the music Williams does and edit the film to it, which could then be adapted further when Williams sees the finished cut of a scene. The method could lead to a lot more organic sound for the upcoming Episode VIII. On the other hand, Williams may be working on original music for the Last Jedi trailer, which is expected to drop anytime in the next several weeks.
In other Star Wars music news, Williams won his 23rd Grammy Award last night for his score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; his fifth Grammy for his work on Star Wars alone. In case you hadn’t heard Adele won all the other Grammy Awards last night.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theatres everywhere on December 15.