John Williams’ brother Don Williams, a celebrated conductor, composer and percussionist in his own right, was part of a “Jurassic Park”-themed ‘score study’ panel for the Academy of Scoring Arts this past weekend where he offered an update on how his brother’s current project is going.
That project? The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. Don Williams has worked alongside his brother on many projects including this upcoming ninth and final film in the ‘Skywalker Saga’ movies.
Williams says their work on the project is ‘top to bottom music’, meaning it runs the whole length of the film, and the pair have only just kicked off their work on it – in the process hinting at the movie’s potential runtime:
“Jon’s started up with another Star Wars. We started it last week. He’s got a 135 minutes worth of music to write. Okay, so that kind of tells you how long the film is [laughs]. It is top to bottom music. We’ve done four days. We just scratched the surface. I think we’ve got something like 34 minutes in the can at this point.”
We’re all still waiting to hear how long “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will run though it’s expected to be a bit on the longer side compared to the previous films. Don also offered hints at score elements we’ll hear:
“I can tell you that every theme that you ever heard is going to be compiled into this last effort. Every one. Leia. Yoda. The Phantom. Darth. All of it. It’s going to be in there. And in his usual style, he hides them. You gotta go look for them. You’ll find them, but you gotta go look for them. You’ll be sitting there watching the film go by. ‘Oop, there is it. There’s two bars of it.’ And it grabs you. It takes you away.”
The update comes ahead of the D23 convention which kicks off this coming Friday in Anaheim. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in cinemas on December 20th 2019.