John Williams backs out on retirement, saying he’ll work until he’s 100

The first cut of Star Wars: A New Hope was known to be a disaster. Even considering the special effects weren’t complete, the film felt embarrassingly arrogant and cheesy. Then, John Williams‘ Score was added and suddenly the film worked. It gave the picture an epic, timeless quality, not to mention gently guiding the audience’s emotions through the plot.

war of stars is probably William’s most popular musical work, although he has provided scores for a dizzying number of classics, including Indiana Jones, Jaws, Superman, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. At age 90, he bills each project as his last before retirement, but it sounds like there’s still some gas in the tank.

At an event celebrating his work with Spielberg, Williams said the famous director was impossible to refuse. He further noted that Spielberg’s father worked past 100, saying, “I’ve got 10 more years to go.”

Williams doesn’t seem to be slowing down in his ninth decade. In 2022 he worked on Spielbergs the fabelmans, while also back to war of stars once again the topic for contribute Obi Wan Kenobi. In 2023 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinybilled as his “final score” is released, with the trailer hinting that it will be another rousing score anchored by the iconic Indy theme.

Williams’ work has a timeless quality and his standards never waver. So as long as he wants to keep making music, we’ll be here to enjoy it.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hits theaters on June 30th. John Williams backs out on retirement, saying he’ll work until he’s 100

Lindsay Lowe

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