Saturday, August 31, 2019

John Williams On 'The Rise Of Skywalker'; "I think You Will Love It"

By: Benjamin Hart

We are now just a little over 100 days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. One of the quintessential aspects of every Star Wars film is its musical score, and it will be no different for the ninth and final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

The legendary John Williams has been hard at work on the score for The Rise Of Skywalker, and earlier this month his brother confirmed that the film will include at least 135 minutes of music. More recently, Williams himself performed at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and spoke briefly about his experience creating the music for The Rise Of Skywalker. Just before transitioning into a performance of the Star Wars main title theme, Williams had this to say:

"J.J. Abrams is directing the new film... He's doing a fantastic job. I won't say anything about it except the ending, I think, will just put you all away. I think you will love it."

You can hear what Williams said in the video below, courtesy of Terry Matalas on Twitter:

Additionally, at another concert while performing with the Boston Pops in Massachusetts, Williams spoke even more at length about The Rise Of Skywalker and his long history with Star Wars. He confirms that he has already recorded 100 minutes of music for the film, with 40 more minutes left to score:

"When we made the first [Star Wars] film, none of us had any idea there was going to be a second film... At the present time I'm working on the ninth version of it. It's promised by Disney that this will be the last one. It certainly will be the last one that I will do... It's a fabulous film. You remember [The] Force Awakens, he did such a great job of introducing the cast, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley, which was so fresh and had such wonderful comedy. And they did it again in this one. But J.J. changes scenes a lot, and we've already recorded with the orchestra a hundred minutes of music - which is a lot - and in the next month or so I have to do forty more minutes. So I have to go back to California tomorrow to my other job."

You can watch the video of Williams saying this below, courtesy of Studio 88 Music Academy on YouTube:

It's obviously really exciting to hear John Williams sound so enthusiastic about The Rise Of Skywalker, especially regarding the ending of the the film. But what's even more intriguing is what he reveals about his process working on the film.

Back when the news came out that The Rise Of Skywalker includes 135 minutes of music, fans began speculating about what this will mean for the length of the film itself. Many debated if this meant the film would be 135 minutes long, or if it could actually be longer. Williams comments about Abrams "changing scenes" seems to indicate that he is not only scoring new scenes, but rescoring other scenes that are being retooled while editing. So a portion of the 140 of music that Williams is recording could end up on the cutting room floor. And even with all of this considered, the amount of music in a film does not necessarily indicate its overall length. Every previous Star Wars film has featured moments, scenes and entire sequences that are without music.

We will get a chance to hear John Williams' final Star Wars score when The Rise Of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th.

Sources: Terry MatalasStudio 88 Music Academy

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