2019 American Music Awards

John Williams Plans to Quit Scoring 'Star Wars' Films After 'Episode IX'

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Composer John Williams photographed on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

John Williams has no doubt that Star Wars films will go on indefinitely now that the franchise is owned by Disney, but it sounds like he's over scoring them.

The iconic 86-year-old composer recently told radio station KUSC that he planned to score the upcoming Episode IX, but then he wants to be done. 

"We know J.J. Abrams is preparing one now for next year that I will hopefully do for him, and I look forward to it," Williams said. "It will round out a series of nine and be quite enough for me." 

The Oscar-winning living legend said when he scored A New Hope in 1977, he had no idea there would be more films, "so it's developed in the most amazing way."

Williams also revealed that his new favorite character is Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. And when he was asked to score The Last Jedi, the first question he had for producer Kathleen Kennedy was whether would Ridley return. 

"She said yes, so I said yes," Williams said. 

With a career spanning more than six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable scores in film history, including the Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, Harry Potter series, JFK, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, among many more. 

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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