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John Williams Confirms That He Will Score Episode IX

Living legend John Williams, now eighty-five years old, confirmed to Variety that he will score Episode IX. Williams simply told Episode IX director JJ Abrams, “I would very much like to complete that.” John Williams also shot down the idea that he planned on retiring and when asked to reflect on his sixty year career he said, “It feels like a good start.” Head over to Variety to check out the full story.

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  • flipfriddle

    Stay healthy John. One more to go!

    • Carbonite_Hydrates

      I hope he’s happily and healthily making music for another 20 years at least.

      • Hardcore F’n Mudd

        Until he’s 105? That would be awesome.

  • If Beethoven could write nine symphonies, then John Williams can score nine films. As long as he’s happy doing so, then more power (and more life) to him.

  • JohnMorog

    I thought TLJ soundtrack was amazing.

    • Mike_5555

      I did too actually, and I wasn’t a huge fan of his TFA score. Never doubt the master.

      • JohnMorog

        TFA had some good tracks (Rey’s theme, March of the Resistance, Final Steps), and I was bummed Jabba Flow wasn’t on the actual soundtrack release… Kinda weird, actually, but anyway, TLJ score was so much more impressive and had more depth. Canto Bight, as much as the scene gets a bad rap, the song is absolutely incredible. I listen to it on repeat!

        • Carbonite_Hydrates

          Lin Manuel Miranda wrote and performs Jabba Flow. It’s available on iTunes.

          • Alexander Gates

            I thought it was interesting that JW refused to write music for Maz’ Castle; Jabba Flow is a fun song but not as great as Canto Bight!

          • Carbonite_Hydrates

            I’m glad Williams opted out and wasn’t opted out.

          • JohnMorog

            Indeed, I have it. I was just surprised it wasn’t on the soundtrack CD.

      • jason1978

        TFA landed him a Grammy Award, Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Curious to see if TLJ lands another Oscar nomination

  • Will it sound something like this?

  • Mike_5555

    John Williams is the best. Controversial opinion, I know.

    If he wants to continue to work then good for him. As far as I’m concerned, his music is an essential element of Star Wars. I hope he continues to have a productive and prosperous life.

    • jason1978

      He is still going strong. Nominated for The Post. He won a Grammy for The Force Awakens and nominated for an Oscar as well. He has been nominated for most of his recent work. He is turning 86 next month. I think if he retires it might be after the next Indiana Jones movie

  • dg101

    If he makes it that long, knock on wood, I’ll be happy. I’d love for him to put his all into it though. The last couple really haven’t had that John Williams magic for me…

    • TatooineSandworm

      1.5 years? He can handle that. He doesn’t have to make it to premier night.

      • dg101

        My grandfather was a couple years younger than him when HE died, so he’s at that age when it could pretty much happen at any time. That’s my only concern.

    • jason1978

      He turns 86 next month so would be 88 then. Not like he is pushing 100. Clint Eastwood is almost 88 and still directing movies which takes an even bigger toll on you at that age. I do think either Ep 9 or the next Indiana Jones could be films he decides to be his last. Would make perfect sense wrapping up his career with Spielberg

  • TatooineSandworm

    I know that this is almost sacrilege, but I wasn’t really blown away by Force Awakens or Last Jedi. Hopefully in 9 he can deliver that defining moment of the Sequel Trilogy.

    • ILoveSand

      I’m hoping for that as well. I didn’t find one score that made me think iconic like I found with the OT and PT.

    • Hardcore F’n Mudd

      He is a genius and one talent I wish could go on working forever, but I tend to agree. I do like Reys Theme and The Starkiller from TFA though.
      Although his worst Star Wars score remains AOTC in my opinion.

  • Funtomaz

    I’m glad he’s on board! Probably his last SW movie, so let’s hope JJ gives us a movie deserving of Willams’ music!

  • WolfStark

    Ugh, sorry but another lost score. I really respect Williams for all he has done in the last decades but everything comes to an end and Williams last scores simply aren’t on par with either his great works he is famous for nor the many other great artists of hour time. Star Wars deserves a truly epic soundtrack, not something that is just supporting background music or.. well a rearrangement, if not a copy of his old tracks. They should’ve used the Sequel Trilogy to introduce a new head, a new chapter in music, instead of an era of stagnation.

    • JohnMorog
    • jason1978

      He has been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammy awards and BAFTA awards for most of his movies over the past 10 years. The Force Awakens won him a Grammy and an Oscar and BAFTA nomination. He just was nominated again the other night for The Post.

      With Williams he has created so many iconic themes and scores so it’s unfair expect Jaws or Star Wars at 86 years old and every score he does. Name me one musician, director, actor, writer etc who is still matching the best work of their earlier years this late into their careers? Many still are going strong though and putting out good work. Williams is still going strong too. Look at Spielberg. Spielberg is never going to direct another film on the level of iconic status or important as Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T., Jurassic Park or Schindler’s List but he is still making some excellent movies and some duds along the way but not everyone is going to strike gold all the time. That is the issue with new SW movies. Those originals are so nostalgic, many of us saw them as kids and now as adults will never view any new SW movie the same as we did when we were younger. Still doesn’t mean they are not good in their own ways. Flawed sure but so would the originals be if the were released right now

      • WolfStark

        I don’t expect a score like Jaws of Star Wars from Williams and that is the issue. I expect that from a Star Wars movie. I don’t care about his awards, an award isn’t writing the score, he is and I am sorry to say this but he simply can’t do that anymore. I may see why he is still nominated, since his work is still good from the perspective of a musician but I can’t understand it anymore from a perspective of a viewer. There are so many great composers out there, old and new who do what I would expect of Williams, therefor: I neither think it’s fair to nominate Williams, nor do I want to see him doing scores anymore, if these score lack the essence of his spirit. Of course that doesn’t mean it should be forbidden or that he has to stop making music, just that I dislike it, because I miss the times I was not just excited by the visuals but by the music as well.

        Regarding the whole flawed thing, I have to disagree. That would mean everything is the same in terms of ratio of flaws and “good things in their own ways”. That’s simply not true, movies aren’t all the same in these regards, they have differences and these can be vast.

  • Tyler Frechette

    I firmly believe that John Williams is the Beethoven of our time. His music will be remembered and revered for generations and centuries to come, I honestly believe that.

  • Darth Maleval

    The movies would not be what they are without John Williams, this is great news! If he did the first 8 movies, why bring someone else in now? Hopefully this soundtrack will deliver!
    On a side note, I read some info on him lately and had forgotten that he composed the theme for the Lost in Space tv show!!

  • Jimmy Griffin

    When you think about everything he has done, all the iconic music he has created, it’s really awe-inspiring.

    • jason1978

      He he is still going strong at almost 86 which is pretty amazing. The Post is his recent award nominated score

  • zerobobby77

    Just do the music for the Obi-Wan movie. The only one we need!

  • Eradicator

    Awesome. He is the best.

  • snowdroid

    By large the very best part of Episode XIII was John Williams wonderful score, it is even better on CD. I am glad he will continue scoring STAR WARS. It’s astounding, Williams will see his 86 birthday in February. Best of health John!

  • JohnMorog

    https:// www. youtube. [copy link] com/watch?v=Tj-GZJhfBmI

    • Hey, for the record, I don’t like you talking crap about JTA on social media. We all have opinions. Ours are just as valid as yours. Social media is a puss storm and our name gets dragged around there enough. I don’t want our loyal readers doing the same. I appreciate it. Thanks.

      • JohnMorog

        Out of the last 5 pages of articles, or about 125 individual articles, there have been 17 that were specifically about Solo, or The Last Jedi, and not about their toys. Of those articles, 9 of them are what I would consider to be “negative” news. 5 were neutral, and only 4 were positive. You may consider them all neutral, which I understand, but that is my opinion.

        This differs from the defense I propagated in your reader survey digest for question #1 article (btw were any more questions ever posted? lol) where out of 275 articles, only 4 expressed “negative” opinions within the articles themselves (not in the comments).

        I know I have submitted articles via email that were about positive news surrounding The Last Jedi, but only the ones I submitted that were more negative were used. To me this adds to my feeling the “negative” news on the site has increased over time.

        I realize there are more articles posted about it in a shorter time because it is more recent, but my comment about the glass being half empty has an actual basis. It’s fine, though, it’s not like I’m going to stop coming and commenting, I’m not upset, I was also just posting my opinion.

      • JohnMorog

        And for the record, my last comment was just to show there is something to my opinion. We could run around this all day. Ive got nothing but respect for you Paul. I hope we meet one day. Honestly were probably pretty similar judging by how we both have a perhaps… Over invested… Interest in our own opinions. 🙂

        • I just found it in my email. Listen to me please. I don’t care if you ream me out here, I just don’t like see negativity FROM OUR READERS on Facebook and whatever, especially from someone who is always commenting here. You’re completely welcome to your opinions here and I want you to express them.

          As far as negative articles, I don’t know what you mean. I actually said I liked TLJ, but it seems some people here don’t want to believe I said that. That doesn’t mean, however, that I can’t criticize what bothered me about it.

          • JohnMorog

            So you’re okay with my opinions, just not where I express them? … Why is that your call?

            I know you said you liked TLJ, which is awesome. I’ve just felt like with the concentrated reporting of TLJ and Solo, more of the articles posted have been about the negative side of things: “solo set to under-perform,” 3 reports of the rotten tomatoes audience score, with no mentions of any other site’s scores, Jake Skywalker (which was not his full comment), “Pressures from the house of mouse.”
            So when I say the glass is half empty the last while here, that is why. That’s all I’m saying. There have been more articles like that than the positive news like your review. Anyway, it’s way too early to be arguing about this… But really, I like your site and obviously am here like every day… sometimes like a bazillion times lol, but that doesn’t mean I can’t criticize things about it too.

          • You can express your opinions anywhere you want. When you slag off our site on OUR Facebook page, yes, I have a problem with that.

    • Also, please give us a minute to approve links. I see you tried typing this like four times.

      • JohnMorog

        Yeah, that was my bad.

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