At the very least, there’s one aspect of Disney’s new Star Wars movie that’s in safe hands. There was some talk of J.J. Abrams’ long-term collaborator, Michael Giacchino, scoring the next instalment, but Entertainment Weekly has now confirmed that John Williams will score Episode VII. While Giacchino would have helped to give the new sequels an identity separate from the disastrous prequels, there are some things that shouldn’t be messed with. The decision to not use Williams’ classic theme in the recent Man of Steel was like getting set up on a date with George Clooney, only to discover that he’ll insist on wearing a bag over his head, and will only speak in the voice of Gilbert Gottfried.
I’m not naive enough to assume that these new movies will be any less embarrassing than the last ones, but Abrams is a perfect fit. As long as he can keep George Lucas as far away from production as possible, and doesn’t drop out, I’ll remain quietly curious.
Star Wars: Episode VII is due for release Summer 2015.