Steven Spielberg remains one of the hardest working filmmakers in the business, and he really doesn’t have anything to prove at this point. Still, last year he filmed the adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One, and now he’s working under a very tight schedule on a new project about the Pentagon Papers called, simply, The Papers. Those two movies are going to come out very close together, so it was going to put a lot of pressure on Spielberg’s usual music collaborator John Williams, right? Well, it’s a good thing then that Williams only had to choose one, while the other goes to another very famous composer. (more…)
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. (more…)
It was just a few weeks ago – July 22 to be precise – that principal photography on Star Wars Episode VIII wrapped. The Rian Johnson film is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one that will hopefully cast light on Rey’s origins, how Kylo Ren turned to the Dark Side, and what else Luke Skywalker’s been doing on that island other than looking out over the sea for all this time. But along with all those beloved characters, another favorite Star Wars figure will be making his return in Episode VIII, except his work is just getting started. (more…)
John Williams has delighted movie fans with his wonderful music in countless films, creating iconic and memorable moments that many fans carry with them their entire lives. What would happen if you played the Star Wars theme song in front of Williams’ house? Two such musically talented fans, Bryce Hayashi and Michael Miller found out a few days ago when they decided to play the very tricky Star Wars Theme song outside the composer’s home. Check out the video below. (more…)
Music can’t make a bad film good, but it can make a good film great and composers like five time Academy Award winner John Williams can make that good film unforgettable and instantly recognizable. While some health concerns have cropped up in the past few years, Williams, who is 84 years old continues to work with his long time friend in film Steven Spielberg. He recently confirmed his involvement with two upcoming Spielberg movies, Ready Player One and Indiana Jones 5. Last Thursday Spielberg presented Williams with the Life Time Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, making him the first composer to be so honored in the 44 year history of the award. (more…)
Did anybody watch ‘Star Wars Rebels’ the other night on ABC, where Darth Vader ordered an Inquisitor to murder children? And how about that Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff that’s been in the news recently? There’s been a whole lot of Star Wars buzz going around, but not much about Episode 7 until today. Thank goodness someone is working on better SW movies to take the bad taste of the recent trilogy out of our mouths. But if the rumors are true, there will definitely be some elements involved that I wholly disapprove of. But I’ll be there right first in line anyway, because I’m a long-time fan. And as far as I’m concerned, the trailer for the first entry in a brand new trilogy can’t come fast enough. (more…)
Sometimes people don’t recognize exactly how much a great movie score affects the way you see a flick on a profound level. The best musical compilations are remembered for years even if they’re not necessarily the main thing that audiences are concentrating on while they view a film. In the world of awesome movie scores, John Williams’ name stands high above most of the others. Now imagine if the world we lived in had no John Williams… Imagine Star Wars without the epic music. How would that look? Scroll on to check out just one scene from A New Hope that has been stripped of Williams’ brilliant influence (courtesy of the Auralnauts). (more…)
Star Wars Celebration is underway and, naturally, there’s some news coming out about the upcoming Episode VII. Famous faces have been gathering and taking the stage and now we have for you a batch of things those famous people have been saying and showing to the Celebration audiences. The top three stories of the minute? John Williams is definitely back, Kathleen Kennedy wants more models and less CGI for the new trilogy and Dave Filoni is showing off some Star Wars Rebels concept art. Check it all out after the jump.
I know a lot of people are hopelessly beholden to the John Williams Superman theme from 1978, so much so that it prevents them from seeing the score being produced by Hans Zimmer for the upcoming Man of Steel with anything less than contempt. Understandable, the Williams score has been the “voice” of Superman for more than a generation, but a) Can’t we give Zimmer a chance? and b) Wasn’t Bryan Singer being overly respectful of the ’78 movie one of the prime sources of nerd rage in regards to Superman Returns?
Well, maybe this will change your mind. Click here to listen to a sample of Zimmer’s Steel score.
Come on, even you have to admit it sounds good. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the isolated score from the most recent Man of Steel trailer. It reminds me very much of Michael Giacchino’s score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, it’s both a bold departure, yet somehow thematically faithful to the music used in previous movies. And with all the drums, I couldn’t help but think of Bear McCreary’s score for Battlestar Galactica, another case where an upstart composer had to follow-up a classic John Williams theme and create something sonically new. From my point of view, it’s another reason to get excited about Man of Steel, now a little over one month away from release.
You can pre-order the album now before its June 11th release.
What do you Bastards think of the new sound of Superman?
Source: Cinema Blend
Composer John Williams and the Star Wars franchise are old friends. So naturally, it’s only to be expected that he’ll lend his talents to Disney’s upcoming return to the property. Williams himself has already expressed his desire to come back and make some more music. Now, it looks like J.J. Abrams is saying the same thing.
Despite traditionally working with other composers, ones that he could undoubtedly call upon to help him with episode VII, Abrams says that Williams needs to be the one to do it.
When talking about the potential to bring Michael Giacchino across from Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams has this to say:
[Michael Giacchino] is truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself. […] Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.
Well, it’s a no-brainer in my opinion. As long as Williams is alive, he should be permanently attached to the franchise. And after that, we should see what we can do to clone him for future movies.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.