John Williams has confirmed that he will be starting work on EP VII in two weeks!
Facebook user Chris Kowalski sent MakingStarWars.net this titbit: “Went to see John Williams conduct the Milwaukee symphony last night and he confirmed he is starting work on EP VII in two weeks!”
Kowalski also took a few photographs and recorded a short YouTube clip (which has sadly been removed) where you can hear Williams talk about Episode VII from the performance in Milwaukee.
A fan who knows a thing or two about composing also has this to say to MakingStarWars.net: “Yes, the maestro himself said that he would begin work on Ep VII but this means the very beginning of the process. He would start thinking up and creating new themes as necessary depending upon the storyline needs. I’m surprised by this as usually JW wants to “see” what he is writing for before it is being created.
“Until there is a rough cut, the next step of writing cues does not take place. It is possible that a rough cut of what has been filmed thus far does exist, still surprised though. Then you have orchestrating and copying of parts (which can happen quickly), then recording. I truly believe recording isn’t going to happen till next summer at the earliest.
BUT . . . if a trailer was to come out with a new theme attached THAT would have to recorded earlier if you get my drift. (Think “Duel of the Fates” or “Across the Stars”)”
It is no secret that Williams likes to start on projects relatively early composing with as little as a couple of scenes and typically for a May release, he will start work in early spring. It seems highly unlikely that there is a rough cut of the film just yet. Celebration Anaheim is in April next year, so it is possible that some scenes are being shown to Williams so he can work on a teaser trailer before the end of the year holidays.