/bridge-of-spies-movie-score-john-williams/Last week, it was announced that famed musician John Williams had to back out of scoring the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's espionage thriller Bridge of Spies. It will be the first time the two have not collaborated on a project since 1985's The Color Purple, when Quincy Jones stepped in. John Williams' schedule was interrupted due to a minor health issue. That issue has been corrected, and he has begun work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That soundtrack will be scored in Los Angeles, marking the first time a score for any Star Wars movie has ever been recorded in the United States. StarWars.com sent out the following press release:

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.

While previous films in the saga were scored at Abbey Road with the celebrated London Symphony Orchestra, this will be the first time a Star Wars score has been recorded in the United States. Says John Williams:

"I've had the privilege of working with the very best musicians in both the U.K. and the U.S. The London Symphony Orchestra has consistently performed with great artistry on all six of the prior films in the Star Wars saga, and I will be forever grateful for their commitment and dedication.  Equally, it has been my honor to have worked with my brilliant colleagues in Los Angeles, and always appreciate the invaluable contribution they've made to my scores and to those of other composers."

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

B. Alan Orange