Legendary Composer John Williams Will Return for Indiana Jones 5, Maybe Star Wars 8

The iconic composer comments on two future projects.

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It might have been expected, but now it's confirmed: legendary composer John Williams will return to compose the music for the fifth Indiana Jones movie.

According to Access Hollywood reporter Scott Mantz (via Slashfilm), director Steven Spielberg confirmed the piece of news last night at an American Film Institute event honoring Williams. He is of course no stanger to the action-adventure series, as he composed the music for the four previous Indiana Jones movies.

In March, Disney announced that it was working on a fifth Indiana Jones movie. Series star Harrison Ford, who will be 77 when the film opens in 2019, will reprise his role as Indiana Jones.

When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 for $4 billion, the House of Mouse not only acquired the rights to George Lucas' mammoth Star Wars series, but also the Indiana Jones franchise.

It may also come as little surprise, but Williams could be back for another franchise he is deeply familiar with: Star Wars.

Asked if he'd be back for Star Wars: Episode VIII, he told Variety, "If I can do it, I certainly will. I told [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy I'm happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn't want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley."

Williams composed the music for The Force Awakens, but not this year's spinoff, Rogue One.

Episode VIII, which is expected to be "darker" than The Force Awakens, is currently filming, and is scheduled to come to theaters in December 2017. Rogue One comes out this December.

Outside of Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Williams wrote music for some of the Harry Potter movies, as well as Jaws and Jurassic Park.

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