Last night, the American Film Institute honored John Williams with the Life Achievement Award (first time for it to be given to a composer), and everyone came out to celebrate, including his long time collaborator Steven Spielberg. News that Spielberg and Harrison Ford would reunite for Indiana Jones 5 came out back in March, with a 2019 release date. Since then we haven’t heard much regarding the project.
Last night, however, while talking with ET’s Ashley Crossan, Spielberg confirmed that Williams would be back to score the sequel, “John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely.” While the film is still a couple years away and we know little else about it, it’s hard to not be excited for Williams to return to the franchise. That’s not the only thing, however, fans should be happy about.
As he prepares to begin work on scoring Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Williams mentioned that he expects and hopes to return for Star Wars Episode VIII afterwards, saying, “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.”
Considering he’s already planning on Indiana Jones 5 and enjoyed himself on The Force Awakens, I don’t think it’d be much of a surprise for him to return on Episode VIII, and will likely finish the primary sequel trilogy. For long time movie lovers, we still have plenty of John Williams to look forward to, which is never a bad thing.