During an interview at the 2013 BMI Film/TV Awards Red Carpet, John Williams confirmed that he ‘plans’ and ‘fully expects’ to compose the score to Star Wars: Episode VII. Here’s the transcript of Williams’ reply:
INTERVIEWER: “I have to ask: are you coming back for number 7 Star Wars? Has J.J. talked to you?
JOHN WILLIAMS: “I certainly plan to and fully expect I’ll be there and be able to do it”
Watch the full interview below (Star Wars comment starts at 01:33):
This month, host Peter Cummings interviews John Williams, one of America’s most accomplished composers for both films and the concert stage. Hear their conversation on LINKEDMusic, starting Saturday, May 18, at 9AM EST on SiriusXM Pops (Channel 75).
Broadcast Music, Inc. saluted the composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs at its annual Film & TV Awards, which took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 15, 2013. – Full article at BMI.com
On May 26, the United States Marine Band conducted by Colonel Michael J. Colburn will premiere the Fanfare “For ‘The President’s Own’”, a new John Williams piece composed by the Maestro for the 215th anniversary of the band (see the full concert program). The free performance will take place at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Quartet Records presents the first fully licensed CD of John Williams’ score for Heidi (1968), featuring all of the material from the original film tracks that is known to survive, along with the original LP album.
On May 21, La-La Land Records will release John Williams’ complete score for Rosewood (1997), as part of a 2CD set which will also include the remastered original soundtrack album. Cover artwork and track listings below (JWFan exclusive):
John Williams makes a rare Phoenix appearance to conduct a very special benefit concert with The Phoenix Symphony. Maestro Williams is generously donating his services, and all proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs. - More details at PhoenixSymphony.org
At a recent press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness in Berlin, Abrams was asked about the possibility of Giacchino also moving from Star Trek to Star Wars, and he had this to say about that and his Into Darkness score. “Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. … He’s 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.” – Full article at ComicBookMovie.com – Watch the press conference on YouTube – Abrams talking about Giacchino and Williams: 7:00 into the video
A new recording of Williams’ Elegy for Cello and Orchestra has been released as part of the album We’ll Paint You a Rainbow, a compilation of songs and themes about peace produced by world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell and his wife, the violinist Helen Nightengale.
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino wants John Williams to return to the Star Wars saga. Giacchino, who has composed the scores for each of J.J. Abrams films so far, was expected to collaborate with the ‘Episode VII’ director once again. ”One of the things that excites me most about Star Wars coming back is chance to hear a John Williams score,” he said at an event of the weekend. – Full article at Yahoo! Movies
Universal Music has announced the digital release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Jurassic Park, which includes John Williams’ newly remastered music from the film, as well as four bonus tracks (a total of 11 minutes of unreleased music).