Say it isn’t so, John Williams! It’s pretty crazy to realize that greatest film composer of all time has conducted eight Star Wars films as well as hundreds of other films not to mention classics such as Jaws, E.T. and Back to The Future.
Since he’s nominated this year for another Academy Award for his music on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, he’s making all the media rounds.
This is his 51st nomination, yes that’s 51 Oscar nominations and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be stopping anytime soon. But he might be stepping away from the STAR WARS universe.
While speaking to KUSC, Williams spoke about JJ ABRAMS episode IX, along with that it might be his last and his time may be coming to an end in a galaxy far far away.
We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward it. It will round out a series of nine, that will be quite enough for me.
Now It’s been an honor and a blessing having Williams for every Star Wars Episode, but we all kind of knew he would step away sooner or later. In an interview last year he said he won’t be retiring anytime soon just take on new roles:
“I don’t think you can retire from writing,” Williams said. “I feel very lucky, and the work that I do doesn’t depend on much. If your vision’s still good, and your hands — I have no arthritis in my hands and I play the piano very easily — I don’t think there’s any reason to deprive oneself of the fun of working. Music is so rewarding.”
Be sure to watch the Academy Awards this Monday to see if Williams walks away with Oscar gold.