Episode IX to be John Williams Final Star Wars Score
I have felt for many years now that most of us take two amazing talents for granted. Their work is measured against their own and they are legion. In this we overlook greatness as the norm because that is what we have come to expect. Number one is Steven Spielberg and right behind him is the gentleman who has made Mr. Spielberg's films soar to a new level. John Williams.
When we watched The Last Jedi on opening night there was a short video that focused on Mr. Williams and how he has impacted the series as a whole. I noted that it felt as if a goodbye were being put in place and that Episode 9 would be his farewell to lightsabers, Jedi's and the force.
According to a report from NME citing a quote from Williams, "We know JJ Abrams is preparing one (Star Wars movie) now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me."
So it seems that the Skywalker Saga coming to close will also bring to a close the immeasurable work that John Williams has crafted, even if he himself feels they are "not very memorable". To imagine Star Wars without the influence of Williams is hard to grasp. It is woven into the pop culture of the world. The galaxy of Star Wars needs to expand though and with that new creative voices will be heard in all forms. Does this open the door for Michael Giacchino to orchestrate an entire trilogy of his own work? Maybe that is where Rian Johnson looks while crafting his upcoming trio of films? Time will tell but time will also never forget the horns that followed when the lights went down and you read "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...". Next December when you sit to watch the 9 film epic come to a close, do not take for granted the swell of sound that started the whole thing and the man who penned the notes.