While George Lucas deserves the bulk of the credit for making Star Wars the juggernaut of a franchise that it is today, even he maintains that the films wouldn’t be the same without the brilliant scores done by John Williams. Amazingly, Williams has remained one of the few constants in the main line of saga films, having scored every one of them dating back to A New Hope all the way through to the release of The Last Jedi last month. In fact, the only Star Wars films released that he hasn’t scored were The Clone Wars animated movie and 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which were handled by Kevin Kiner and Michael Giacchino, respectively.
It was recently confirmed, however, that Williams is writing a theme for Han for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film, which will then be incorporated into the score done by John Powell. Though the legendary composer is taking on less work these days, Variety is now reporting that Williams has told Episode IX director J.J. Abrams that he would come back to do the film with Williams saying, “I would very much like to complete that.”
While Williams is 85 and his primary work this year isn’t film-related, it makes sense that he would want to help close out the saga he helped make iconic, especially as it will end the new trilogy and potentially the Skywalker Saga altogether. After all, at this point, there has been no announcement from Lucasfilm regarding the possibility of more films directly related to the saga films. Outside of Solo and Episode IX, the only movies confirmed by Lucasfilm is the completely unrelated trilogy that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will helm. Though Episode IX seems like a logical place for Williams to end his involvement in the Star Wars franchise, there’s really no telling what the future holds. Williams has no plans to fully retire saying:
“I don’t think you can retire from writing, I feel very lucky, and the work that I do doesn’t depend on much. If your vision’s still good, and your hands — I have no arthritis in my hands and I play the piano very easily — I don’t think there’s any reason to deprive oneself of the fun of working. Music is so rewarding.”
Though Kiner and Giacchino have done a really nice job with their contributions to Star Wars, Lucasfilm would do well to continue to offer the work to Williams so long as he is able and willing, considering it’s his music that has left an indelible imprint on so many of us. Star Wars: Episode IX is currently slated for release on December 20, 2019.
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