John Williams

John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars 7’ Soundtrack in L.A.

John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars 7’ Soundtrack in L.A.

John Williams is currently hard at work composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be recorded in Los Angeles. For the recording of the score, John Williams will work with members of the superb freelance orchestra with which he's recorded numerous film scores over the years. The music will be recorded over several months while working in tandem with the film's editorial and special effects teams on the West Coast.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.

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John Williams Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

John Williams Confirmed to Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

Star Wars Celebration Europe is in full swing this weekend, which LucasFilm is using to make some big announcements for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, the studio confirmed a report from May that legendary composer John Williams is providing the score for this highly-anticipated sequel. In addition, a video interview was released with the musician discussing working with producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams. Take a look at the interview, then read the official LucasFilm press release for more details.

John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe. Williams' grand orchestral compositions for Star Wars are among the most beloved and recognizable in movie history, from the classic "Main Title" theme introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope to the ominous "Imperial March" from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back to the stirring "Duel of the Fates" from the prequel trilogy.

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Composer John Williams and Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Confirmed for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Composer John Williams and Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Confirmed for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Star Wars: Episode VII continues to come together for its expected 2014 shoot date, with John Williams confirmed to compose the score and Michael Kaplan confirmed as the costume designer.

Michael Kaplan has previously worked with Star Wars: Episode VII star Harrison Ford on 1982's Blade Runner, one of his first jobs.

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J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Will Score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

We reported in February that John Williams expressed his interest in working on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII. J.J. Abrams regularly uses composer Michael Giacchino for the music in his movies, including Star Trek Into Darkness. Michael Giacchino is said to be in full approval of John Williams working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VII.

In related news, George Lucas' special effects house Industrial Light and Magic is considering opening a London branch for J.J. Abrams to utilize for Star Wars: Episode VII, to take advantage of foreign tax subsidies.

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John Williams Wants to Make Music for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

John Williams Wants to Make Music for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Of course, George Lucas himself won't be too involved in Star Wars: Episode VII after selling Lucasfilm in October for north of $4 billion. Director J.J. Abrams has used composer Michael Giacchino for all of his feature directorial outings. We'll have to wait and see which composer is in fact chosen to work on the music for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘War Horse’ John Williams Blu-ray Featurette

We have an exclusive featurette for the Best Picture nominee War Horse, which debuts on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand April 3. Composer John Williams discusses creating the score for this drama, and working with a musically-inclined director like Steven Spielberg. Explore the music of War Horse with this exclusive featurette.

War Horse, the Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, is a story of incredible friendship, loyalty, courage, hope and tenacity. Based on the Tony Award-winning play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt tale begins with the remarkable friendship between a feisty colt named Joey and his young trainer Albert (Jeremy Irvine). When they're forced apart by war, the film follows Joey's extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. No matter where they go or what they experience both boy and horse keep forging ahead, driven by devotion and the hope of returning home. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals, War Horse is one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship and love ever filmed.

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‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Soundtrack Preview

Legendary composer John Williams is providing the score for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, which opens in theaters nationwide December 21. The CD score will be released October 28, but fans of John Williams can listen to brief snippets of his work on this upcoming 3D adventure right now.

CLICK HERE to listen to samples of all 18 tracks on The Adventures of Tintin soundtrack, which includes "Snowy's Theme," "The Secret of the Scrolls," and "Marlinspike Hall." While you only get a few seconds of each song, it gives you a great idea of how the music in The Adventures of Tintin will play out.

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