Some fascinating and somewhat exciting news arrived last year, when we learned that for only the second time in the main portion of his career, Steven Spielberg would not be working with composer John Williams. Spielberg and Williams together have crafted an insane number of iconic themes, but in 2015 Williams came down with an illness and was on the line to finish Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he handed off composing duties on Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies to veteran Thomas Newman. Then last year, we learned that since Spielberg was releasing two films in a matter of months, Williams would compose the score for The Post but would hand off duties on Ready Player One owing to his own work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
For Ready Player One, Spielberg’s highly anticipated return to blockbuster filmmaking, the director turned to a familiar face: Alan Silvestri. Even though Spielberg and Silvestri have never worked together as director/composer before, Silvestri has composed iconic themes for a number of Spielberg-produced projects like the Back to the Future trilogy and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The first reviews for Ready Player One praised Silvestri’s score, and now his main theme for the film is available to listen to in its entirety ahead of the movie’s March 29th release date. It’s a delightfully throwback-like theme that very much dials into the notion of “Hero Music,” but it’s also a bit wistful and slightly playful. It doesn’t sound exactly like a John Williams score, but you can feel a tip of the hat to the iconic composer in there somewhere.
I look forward to hearing the full score when the film arrives, but for now listen to the Ready Player One theme below. Up next for Silvestri after this is Avengers: Infinity War.