The fifth entry in the “Indiana Jones” film franchise is all set to arrive in cinemas in 2019. That seems like a date too far away. But there’s some exciting news for fans. Famous film composer John Williams will return to score the music for the yet-untitled Indiana Jones film to be directed by Steven Spielberg.
At the American Film Institute (AFI) gala last Thursday where John Williams was feted with a lifetime achievement award, Spielberg told Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz that Williams, who has worked with Spielberg on 27 movies over 43 years, will return to compose the music for Indiana Jones’ fifth adventure, Comingsoon.net reports.
John Williams, 84, is one of the most talented and famous music composers in Hollywood who is associated with some of the most iconic films ever made. It was his score for Spielberg’s cult-hit “Jaws” which earned him a fan following. John Williams would then go on to score music for such iconic film franchises as “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Harry Potter,” among others. To date, he has been awarded five Academy Awards for “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971), “Jaws” (1975), “Star Wars” (1977), “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), and “Schindler’s List” (1993). He has countless nominations for other films.
Williams’ “Indiana Jones” is one of those instantly recognizable and hummable music that is so simple yet elegant, and it has been synonymous with the Indiana Jones character since “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” John Williams composed music for all the Indiana Jones sequels.
Spielberg had told Screen Daily in December last year that no one can replace Harrison Ford as Dr. Jones. The same also applies to John Williams and many of his famous film scores. At the AFI gala, Harrison Ford had the audience in splits as he said “that damn music [from ‘Star Wars’] follows me everywhere. It was playing in the operating room when I went in for my colonoscopy.”
Honouring him at the AFI gala, notes The Guardian, Spielberg said that “Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force, dinosaurs do not walk the Earth, we do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”
Variety reported that Williams will also compose Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” Regarding Star Wars VIII, Williams said, “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.”
“Indiana Jones 5” is set to release on July 19, 2019 in the United States.