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Let The Past Die: The End Of A Star Wars Tradition

Supervising sound editor Matthew Wood revealed to ABC News that the decision has been made to move on from the famous Wilhelm scream, which was absent from Rogue One and The Last Jedi. The distinctive scream was named by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt and it was included in the first seven films in the Star Wars saga. Woods commented, “We’re letting the past die, as Kylo Ren says.” He also revealed that they have begun to put a new signature scream into current and upcoming films. This seems to be part of a larger shift in philosophy, as Ben Burtt himself is no longer involved with the Star Wars franchise. Vanity Fair asked Burtt about his exclusion from Disney’s Star Wars productions and commented, “I was just never consulted or hired to do any of them. No one’s ever told me why.” Burtt concluded by saying, “You know that line in Indiana Jones, ‘It belongs in a museum’? That’s me. I’m a museum piece.” Click here to read the fill interview with Burtt.

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