Indiana Jones composer John Williams admits he might retire soon: 'If Harrison Ford can do it…'

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27 Jun 2022, 15:05

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He’s the mastermind behind some of the most prolific movie soundtracks of all time, but John Williams says he might hang up his baton soon.

At 90-years-old, John is still working on big franchises, with his latest being the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 film. 

Not only did he build the music for Indiana Jones, but John has also been behind the soundtracks for Jaws, the Star Wars saga, E.T the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Jurassic Parks and the first three Harry Potter films. 

With all that and 25 Grammy Awards under his belt, John admitted to Associated Press that he’s considering stepping back to make way for new talent. 

He explained: “At the moment I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which Harrison Ford – who’s quite a bit younger than I am – I think has announced will be his last film…So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also”.

While suggesting his time composing might be coming to an end, John made it clear he’s not going to stop being a part of the film industry, and will still have new projects in the pipeline. 

He’s happy to see in the new generation of musical talent though, as he added: “I’d love to be around in 100 years to see what people are doing with film and sound and spatial, aural and visual effects. 

“It has a tremendous future, I think…I can sense great possibility and great future in the atmospherics of the whole experience. I’d love to come back and see and hear it all.”

John’s current project is the next Indiana Jones sequel, and last month, Harrison Ford himself shared the very first look at the upcoming action-adventure

The picture was shared by the legendary actor when he made a special appearance at the Star Wars Celebration in the US (May 26th).

Having taken to the stage after witnessing John conducting a live orchestral performance of the iconic Raiders of the Lost Ark theme, Harrison said (via Digital Spy): “It’s a special honour for me to be able to congratulate John on his 90th birthday. I told John on another occasion that we had the chance to be together, and that music follows me everywhere I go. And you know what, I’m happy about it.”

The new film is the first not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, with James Mangold stepping in to replace him. Logan has previously helmed Cop Land, Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine and Logan. Spielberg will serve as a producer, and Williams is back to provide the music.