You’ve lost count of how many Star Wars films there are - if I asked you to shout the number right now, no stuttering, no hesitation, SAY IT NOW, then you’d probably get it wrong. There have been loads of them - too many, probably, but if you think that’s going to stop them making them, you’ve got another thing coming, cowboy.
And franchise fatigue appears to have set in with a man extremely integral to the world of Star Wars. This person? John Williams, the composer of a whopping eight films in the franchise, and creator of one of the most recognisable theme tunes in history.
Thing is, he’s had enough. In a radio interview with California station KUSC, Williams said:
“We know J.J. Abrams is preparing [Star Wars Episode IX] now, that I will hopefully do next year for him. I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine - that will be quite enough for me.
“Disney Studios probably will take it further. As you know, Disney has acquired the rights for LucasFilm, and they will probably continue on through… decades, possibly, doing Star Wars-related attractions.”
Fair enough, John is 86 now, so you can forgive him for not wanting to do any more space goblin movies, regardless of how much money they must add to his pockets. Or Oscars they add to his mantle, while we’re at it - one of the five that he’s won came from his score for the original Star Wars.
It’s not like he’ll be short of work, if he wants it, but it’s still a shame he’s heading onto different things. Then again, we’ve still got the originals - they’re not all going to suddenly disappear as soon as he’s done. That’s not how music works, you plank!