“Star Wars” theme creator John Williams will stop writing scores for the franchise once Episode IX is complete.
The legendary composer is the brains behind some of film’s most iconic music, crafting scores for movies such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Indiana Jones series.
The five-time Oscar winner has been a part of Star Wars since the 1977 original, and has landed an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for his work on the sci-fi franchise, but having composed all eight of the core films in the series so far, the 86-year-old has announced that he is finally bowing out.
“We know (director) J.J. Abrams is preparing (Star Wars: Episode IX) now that I will hopefully do next year for him,” Williams explained in an interview with U.S. radio station KUSC. “I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.”
It was reported in December (17) that Williams would compose the theme for upcoming spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits cinemas in May, with British composer John Powell hired to create the movie’s full score. Powell was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for his work on How To Train Your Dragon.
Williams currently holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for a living person, with 51 nods to his name.
In addition to his departure, it has been announced that Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, is also exiting the franchise.
– Cover Media0