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Legendary Composer John Williams Announces He Will Not Retire from Film Scores

John Williams, Composer

Fans of John Williams, the celebrated composer behind some of history’s most famous film scores, can breathe a sigh of relief.

Despite having previously stated that he would stop writing film scores after Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was released, Williams has chosen to stay active in the field.

The 90-year-old composer, who has worked on scores for films such as Star Wars, Jaws, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, had said that The Fabelmans directed by Steven Spielberg and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would be his final two scores. 

But on Thursday night, at a special event marking his 50-year collaboration with Spielberg, Williams revealed he doesn’t actually plan to retire.

Fans of Williams’ music, who have grown to value his masterful compositions and their capacity to enhance the emotional impact of a film, will no doubt be delighted by this news.

Williams has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including five Academy Awards and seven BAFTA Awards.

It’s unclear what project Williams will work on next. But either way, fans can expect more of his iconic, haunting, and emotional scores to come out.With Williams’ talent, it’s unlikely any future films he makes will be hugely successful. There is no mistake.

The Fablemans, Williams and Spielberg’s most recent joint effort, is currently making the rounds during award season and can be seen by fans in the interim. It serves as a testament to their long-lasting friendship and the magic they can produce on screen when they collaborate.

“I’ll stick around for awhile,” he stated. “I can’t retire from music. A day without music is a mistake.”

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Reason Behind Williams 

In a recent interview, Williams said his longtime partnership with director Steven Spielberg was a key reason for his decision to continue working.

“One thing Steven isn’t is a man you can say no to,” Williams quipped, drawing a laugh from the director, who added, “I just found out he’s not retiring.” 

Williams went on to explain how Spielberg’s father worked at the Shoah foundation until he was 101 or 102, and joked that he has “ten years to go” to match the director’s father’s output and enduring work ethic.

Spielberg, in turn, acknowledged the importance of Williams’ contributions to his films, and promised to figure out what he’s directing next so that he can give Williams a project to work on. The director is currently developing a new take on the Frank Bullitt story, which was previously told in the 1968 film Bullitt starring Steve McQueen. Bradley Cooper has been named as the potential star for the new film.

With Williams’ commitment to continue working and Spielberg’s promise to give him a new project, fans can look forward to more exciting and iconic scores from the award-winning composer. 

Perhaps Williams will have the opportunity to score a car chase through the streets of San Francisco in his next undertaking.

Iconic Composer

John Williams is a name synonymous with film music. The composer has been behind some of the most iconic and memorable scores in movie history, including Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Superman, to name just a few. 

With more than 50 years of experience in the film industry, Williams has become one of the most respected and celebrated composers of all time.

Born in New York City in 1932, Williams began his musical career as a jazz pianist before studying composition at the Juilliard School. 

He later landed a job as a pianist for the Columbia Pictures studio, where he began writing music for films. His first major film score was for the 1962 film “The Secret of Santa Vittoria”, but it was his work on the 1973 film “Jaws” that really put him on the map. 

The now-iconic theme of the shark has become one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world, and Williams earned his first Academy Award nomination for his contribution on the film.


Over the next few decades, Williams continued to compose for some of the biggest films in Hollywood. 

His partnership with director Steven Spielberg, which began with “Jaws”, has resulted in some of the most memorable scores in movie history, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “Jurassic Park”, and the “Indiana Jones” series. 

He also composed the music for all of the “Star Wars” films, from the original trilogy to the most recent films in the series.

Williams has been recognized for his work with numerous awards and accolades. He has been nominated for 52 Academy Awards, winning five, and has also been nominated for 48 Grammy Awards, winning seven. 

He also has received four Golden Globe Awards, and won four BAFTA Awards. He is also a Kennedy Center Honoree and a National Medal of Arts recipient. He is the third most Oscar-nominated person, after Walt Disney and Katharine Hepburn.

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Spielberg Team Up

Williams has composed the scores for many of Spielberg’s films, beginning with their first collaboration on the 1975 film “Jaws”. 

The now-iconic theme of the shark has become one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world.

The two continued to work together on some of the most iconic films of all time, including “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “Indiana Jones”, and the “Jurassic Park” series. Williams’ score for “E.T.” was nominated for an Academy Award and his score for “Schindler’s List” won him his fifth Academy Award. 

Williams’ score for “Jurassic Park” helped the film become a box office hit and was also nominated for an Academy award.

Their collaboration has also yielded the iconic music of the “Star Wars” series. Williams composed the music for all the “Star Wars” films, from the original trilogy to the most recent films in the series. 

The main theme of “Star Wars” is considered to be one of the greatest and most recognizable melodies in the history of film music, and has become synonymous with the franchise.

The partnership between Williams and Spielberg has been one of the most enduring and successful in the film industry. 

Williams has been able to perfectly capture the emotional tone of Spielberg’s films with his music, and their collaboration has resulted in some of the most memorable and iconic scores in movie history.

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