Did you hear that? That was the sound of millions of Star Wars fans collectively breathing a sigh of relief.
It seems that John Williams, the legendary composer of film scores like Indiana Jones, Superman, ET, Hook, and—oh yeah—Star Wars, may be back to compose the music for the next batch of J.J. Abrams-helmed movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
The news comes courtesy of a post on Billboard from Monday, which reports a statement made by director Abrams at a Berlin press event for the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness.
“Again,” said Abrams, “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.”
That’s not quite a confirmation, but right now it’s enough. For longtime fans of the franchise, the return of Williams would be some pretty fantastic news. Even though the prequel trilogy is pretty widely reviled among anyone who first saw the movies over the age of 12, the scores for all three movies are still top notch. And “Duel of the Fates,” the song played during the lightsaber fight between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul remains one of the most exciting bits of Star Wars music yet created.
Without question, as important as George Lucas, X-Wings, and Mark Hamill have been to the lasting success of the franchise, you can’t have Star Wars without John Williams. This new trilogy is sounding better and better.