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No John Williams for Episode VII?! Finally a Star Wars rumour we’re not happy about…

February 7th, 2013 by Paddy 2 Comments

Some things just go together. Cheese and onion, chips and ketchup, monkeys and bananas and John Williams and Star Wars.

Or at least that used to be the case. Rumour is abroad that the legendary composer will not be returning to the franchise that he is, perhaps, most famous for.

This week’s episode of the Empire Podcast mentioned an interview that took place with JJ Abrams at the time of Super 8 – when he said that the only person he knew who was a bigger Star Wars geek than him was his long time collaborator Michael Giacchino.

Abrams and Giacchino are almost as synonymous for being together as cheese and onion, chips and ketchup … you get the idea.

So it’s not without reason to posit that Abrams will want his long time friend and colleague on board what will be the biggest challenge of his career.

To add an element of credence to this growing rumour. Giacchino is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise having penned the score for Star Tours.

As much as Giacchino’s work stands up to the highest scrutiny it can’t be denied that it just wouldn’t be the same without Williams involved on some level.

It’s bad enough that we’ve already lost the 20th Century Fox intro at the start which was such an integral part of Star Wars on the big screen.


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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...

  • Kevy Canavan

    If they’re gonna reboot, they should just reboot it, and let the chips fall where they may.

    The franchise has slowed down to an almost stop under the watch of GL, so if they’re gonna hand over the baton, they should just hand it over.

    It could end up being the best thing to happen to Star Wars since Empire (Christ knows there’s been fuck all else since, to get excited about)

  • Kevy Canavan

    In other words…If fans expect this to resemble the original star wars, they will either be dissapointed because it didn’t, or because they tried so hard to make another one that fits in the same box that it turned out to be shit.

    JJ’s Trek/The Dark Knight trilogy were successful, artistically speaking, because they didn’t try to be carbon copies of the films that had come before.

    Different look, different composer, different generation.

    I love JW, as much as the next guy (probably more than the next guy), but he’s past his best.

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