John Williams discusses “Man of Steel” and “Star Wars VII”

May 26, 2013

Speaking with Zap2It, iconic composer John Williams talked about June 14th’s MAN OF STEEL. Among the many memorable movie scores he composed was the 1978 Superman film, so what does he think of this new installment starring the legendary character (which will be composed by Hans Zimmer)? “I haven’t seen it, but I’m sure it will be wonderful. I don’t know if they’ve used any of the original music or not; it’s a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier ‘Superman’ movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it.”

However, he admits that watching this new film will be “bittersweet”, not entirely because of the new music, but because of Christopher Reeve’s excellent performance as Superman. “It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, who we all loved so much. It’s going to be hard for me not to let go of the music, but to let go of the idea of Superman being Chris. I thought he not only made that project successful, he embodied what all of us imagine Superman to look like if he could be given skin and bone, I think.”

Williams also discusses Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII, which will be released in 2015. While it apparently isn’t a done deal yet, he confirms that there have been talks about his returning, and he has nothing but positive things to say about director J.J. Abrams. “We’ve certainly talked about that, and I’m happy and willing to do it. J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can!”

The composer then expresses his interest in seeing a new take on the legendary franchise. “We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn’t even possible 20 or 25 years ago. I don’t know how hands-on George Lucas will be — I suspect he will be to some degree — but I can only imagine how excited he must be, to have a director like J.J. have all these tools at his fingertips to produce something even more adventurous technologically. I can’t wait to see what he will do with it.”

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