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Another major piece has fallen into place for Disney/Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: Episode VII.' When J.J. Abrams landed the job of directing the film, and was thus given the keys to another geek kingdom, it provided fodder for innumerable discussions and debates. One question that arose was whether John Williams, who created all the iconic music for the original trilogy, would be returning to score 'Episode VII' or if perhaps long-time Abrams collaborator Michael Giacchino would take over musical duties. It looks like Abrams himself has put the debate to rest. During a 'Star Trek Into Darkness' press conference in Berlin, Abrams had this to say...
"Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. ... He's truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself. Again, for Star Wars, it's very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was."
I have mixed reactions to this announcement. On the one hand, yes, this is great news. Much of the lasting mythology of 'Star Wars' is contained within the measures of John Williams' score. It's the pulse of the story, and deserves no end of accolades. His return also goes a long way with easing the minds of stalwart original trilogy fans who are still on the fence about Abrams as a suitable helmer for the kickoff of the new franchise. That's not to say I think Williams' hiring is a political move, and I have no reason to doubt Abrams' tremendous level of respect for Williams, but it is an added perk of bringing him back. However, I was really looking forward to hearing what Giacchino brought to the table. When Giacchino sat down to do the music for 'Star Trek,' he also had plenty of classic, recognizable themes to work with. He was able to weave them in to the overall composition, but he also crafted his own bold, fantastic new theme song that defined the tone of the rebooted universe. My hope was, and still is, that Giacchino will be asked to contribute at least a little something to 'Episode VII' even now that Williams is running the show.
What do you guys think? Are you excited that Williams will be returning? Were you hoping Giacchino would be be scoring 'Episode VII?'