As the most consistent, reliable non-visual indicator of Star Wars--above even a lightsaber's hum, a robot's effete whining, or the popular "NOOOOOOOO!" catchphrase--a John Williams score is a franchise essential, without which any of the series' vastly-uneven films would feel more than a little off. Just imagine the saga without Darth Vader's theme, "The Imperial March," as an iconic leitmotif welcoming the villain's ominous arrivals. There would be nothing drowning out the hooting and applause of the Star Wars live studio audience. It would be stupid.
Thankfully, it seems that such a dumb, Williams-free Star Wars universe may never go beyond those imaginings: the stalwart composer has revealed he's currently in preparations to score the new trilogy. Even if that's because he maybe thinks George Lucas is still doing them.
We're about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I'm reminded of the first time we played it decades ago. Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I'd have to revisit the themes...and years later another trilogy. Now we're hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016...so I need to make sure I'm still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George...[more cheers].
Of course, the fact that he's still talking about "George" instead of a man who insists everyone call him "J.J." would seem to indicate that the octogenarian has probably not actually had conversations about this yet. Plus, Abrams still seems to be pretty hot for Michael Giacchino, who did the music for Lost before Abrams brought him back for Super 8, his Star Trek films, and the Abrams-produced Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. So I guess we'll have to just wait and see if Williams will officially come back for the new sequels.
But should he not, all future recordings by Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes should be considered non-eligible for Greatest Hits releases.