John Williams Says Episode IX May Be His Last Star Wars Score

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In a recent interview with California radio station KUSC, John Williams revealed that Star Wars Episode IX will probably be his last trip into the Star Wars galaxy.

Williams’ iconic scores have provided the musical themes for all eight of the existing main Star Wars episodes. The scores are instantly recognisable, and the character themes immediately bring those characters before us whenever we hear them.

Over 40 years ago the Star Wars score first made its way into our collective consciousness, and there it has stayed. It earned Williams an Academy Award nomination, one of 51, more than any other living person. He won that one, along with four others for E.T, Schindler’s List, Jaws and Fiddler on the Roof.

Williams’ scores are support characters in themselves. If you think of the Harry Potter films, the music probably leaps into your mind the same time and as clearly as the faces of the actors. The same with the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park or Superman.

Williams, now in his 86th year, has the fifth Indiana Jones film in the pipeline, and his main Star Wars themes will also appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story due out in May of this year.

Now J.J. Abrams is preparing for the currently untitled Star Wars Episode IX, due for release at the end of next year. John Williams is expected to be scoring again, and in his own words, “I look forward to it, and we’ll round out a series of nine that will be quite enough for me.”

Carolyn Hucker