We reported yesterday that Kathleen Kennedy, the producer of Star Wars:Episode VII would be holding a panel to discuss what will be happening with the newest trilogy in the franchise.
Well today we have the first big announcement to come out of Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany. John Williams, will be returning to provide the score for Episodes VII, VIII, IX. During the Q&A which was moderated by Wicket the Ewok himself, Warwick Davis, Kennedy gave only vague ideas of what we can all expect from Episode VII or Ep VII as it is known to its friends.
She did say that the production team were scouting for real locations to use during the filming as it is something that us fans appreciated from the previous films.
”Like many of you, looking at all the Star Wars movie and getting a feeling for what even the early films did in combination of real locations and special effects, that’s something we’re looking very seriously at,” she commented.
"We’re going to find some very cool locations we’re going to use in support of Ep VII. I think we’re going to probably end up using every tool in the toolbox to create the look of these movies. That’s what we’re excited about."
As the Q&A was wrapping up Davis asked if there was a titbit that would amaze the Star Wars fans in attendance. Kennedy didn’t fail with the following information
"I had breakfast with someone very important to the Star Wars family on Friday," she teased, "and he has committed to being involved in the next three films, and that is Mr John Williams." This information will calm many fans who were worried that JJ Abrams would want his long time composer Michael Giacchino on the project. However who could imagine Star Wars without “The Imperial March” or the iconic theme music.
Fans were then shown a video from John Williams himself where he explained he can’t to return to “a galaxy far, far away” and he hopes “he can contribute something in the new films that will be worthy of your continued attention.” Following the video which you can watch below, Kathleen Kennedy explained that Williams involvement is a must for the success for the new movies.
"Every time I hear John’s music, it just gives me the chills. It’s so important to the saga. We’re all really excited that he’s a part of this."
I for one am so pleased that John Williams will be returning for the new Star Wars movies, as I feel it wouldn’t be a true part of the franchise without his orchestrations.