John Williams to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Indiana Jones 5’

     June 10, 2016


Can you make a Star Wars movie or an Indiana Jones movie without John Williams? The answer apparently is “No”. The prolific, legendary composer has revealed that he will be returning for the next installments of both iconic franchises.

“If I can do it, I certainly will,” Williams told Variety about his intent to return for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which, as we reported the other day, is currently in the home stretch of filming. Williams continued, “I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.” Considering Rey’s Theme is the best piece of music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I don’t really want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley either.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson, stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Moving onto Indiana Jones 5, Steven Spielberg confirmed to Scott Mantz that Williams would return for a fifth go-round scoring the adventures of Dr. Jones.

As we previously reported, David Koepp will write the screenplay for Indiana Jones 5, which sees Spielberg returning to the director’s chair and Harrison Ford back in the starring role. Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

What do you think about Williams returning to score these franchises?  Is he the only man for the job, or would you like to see someone else tackle these scores?  Sound off in the comments section.  Also, click here for our list of the top 10 John Williams scores.


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