In an interview published on the BMI website on the 22nd of December, John Williams discusses his latest Star Wars project, The Force Awakens and the difference working with J.J. Abrams and George Lucas. He said:
I’ll tell you a little bit about that. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if it hadn’t been for George Lucas’ creation of Darth Vader and Yoda and Luke Skywalker and all the rest of it. J.J. Abrams, who is the new young director of the new film, has done a brilliant job, I think. The wonderful thing about J.J. Abrams, just one of his many wonderful qualities, is that he is very appreciative of George’s legacy and has been very careful to forge a tapestry that’s strongly related to the originals, which he has done.
He also discussed his latest project with Steven Spielberg, The BFG which hits cinemas next year:
We actually worked on it, just yesterday and today. And after this phone call I’m going to go and begin on reel one and that will be the rest of my day. And this is also, I think, the twenty-eighth film that Steven and I have done together. We’ve been working together since 1973. I mean, it’s amazing. I think he has done one or two films that I have not been able to do, but it has been more like a marriage than a working relationship. And we are also very good friends. We share offices very near each other. It’s been a great joyous ride with him.
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