Celebrated composer John Williams is to score one more Star Wars movie – the as yet untitled Episode IX – and then he is bowing out of the film series for good.
Speaking to KUSC radio (via Huffington Post), Williams said:
“We know (director) J.J. Abrams is preparing one now that I will hopefully do next year for him.”
He added: “I look forward to it. It will round out a series of nine that will be quite enough for me.”
Williams began his 41-year association with the sci-fi saga in 1977, when he composed the music for Star Wars (aka Episode IV: A New Hope). To date, the 86-year-old composer has produced music for all the Skywalker entries in the series, which includes the aforementioned Episode IV, as well as The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005), The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017).
Outside of the Star Wars series, Williams has enjoyed a prolific career scoring some of the biggest movies in cinematic history, including Jaws (1975), Superman: The Movie (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Jurassic Park (1993) and Schindler’s List (1993), amongst others.