John Williams and Alan Silvestri to Score Steven Spielberg’s Next Films (EXCLUSIVE)

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Composer John Williams, who has scored all but two of Steven Spielberg’s feature films over the past 43 years, will not be doing the music chores on Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” — instead, that job will go to “Forrest Gump” composer Alan Silvestri.

Because post-production is happening on the same time on both “Ready Player One” and Spielberg’s other film, “The Papers,” Williams will score the latter film. It will mark their 28th feature collaboration.

According to a statement from Spielberg’s Amblin Productions: “Steven and John decided Alan Silvestri was the perfect choice for ‘Ready Player One’ since Steven has worked (as a producer) with Alan on the ‘Back to the Future’ films in the ’80s and Alan has scored other films for Steven’s Amblin and DreamWorks.”

“The Papers” opens Dec. 22 and “Ready Player One” opens March 30, 2018.

Williams has done all of Spielberg’s other films except “The Color Purple” in 1985 (that went to Quincy Jones) and “Bridge of Spies” in 2015 (Thomas Newman). Three of Williams’ five Academy Awards are for Spielberg scores (“Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List”).

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    1. Leigh Barrett says:

      Loved Alan Silvestri’s score in the Richard Gere 80’s movie, ‘No Mercy’.

    2. Bill B. says:

      That’s a rather amazing stat on Spielberg films. I knew he had done most, but didn’t realize that their collaboration went all the way back to The Sugarland Express, still one of my favorite Spielberg films. I get why Jones did The Color Purple, but wonder why Newman did Bridge of Spies?!

      • Benji D Black says:

        Williams had some undisclosed minor medical issue that prevented him from doing it. He personally suggested Newman. They already knew he’d be back for The BFG when they announced it.

    3. Rudy Mario says:

      John Williams is great! His musical scores for movies is timeless and iconic. Such consistent creativity over decades is amazing. A true original.

    4. richard says:

      Silvestri is one of the greats, a terrific composer with a magnificent body of work and, while nobody is will never be like the unique John Williams, a great choice for this. Those who talk about “a young urban” guy don’t seem to understand the basics of what film composition entails. A “blogger” would not do either. Film music, much like classical music, seems to be something less and less people understand every day. Some folks think movies can, or should, be scored with songs with somebody’s spotify list. The level of ignorance about music is staggering, as some of the comments displayed here evidence. Folks like James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore or Alan Silvestri are some the truly top talents in their field and I for one am happy to see that Steven Spielberg, who clearly understands and appreciates music deeply, has chosen Silvestri to step in. The great John Williams is in his mid eighties, and even a genius like himself can’t keep up with a tight production schedule at that age. He’s been scoring the last jedi, and will do The Papers, but cannot, and probably does not want to, score four movies a year anymore.

      • Island Planet says:

        Right. Because nobody but a middle aged white guy could possibly score a movie. “Folks like James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore or Alan Silvestri” are all middle aged white men (like me). The fact that you think a young black or asian or latino composer would just bring along “somebody’s spotify list” says more about your ignorance about race than it does mine about film composition. Hollywood has a diversity problem. You’re a part of the problem.

        • richard says:

          Thanks for the insult. Respectfully, this has nothing to do with race or any other self-righteous agenda you might feel the need to push here. This has to do with talent, craft and experience. I couldn’t care less if Silvestri and others are white, orange, purple or if they’re teenagers or three hundred years old. Racism and the lack of diversity in our society, and in this industry, come from basic aspects of human nature and our failure to set aside our privileges and our prejudices to look at others as equals and afford them the same opportunities and rights we enjoy. But pushing somebody not because of their merits but because of elements that, per se, have no merit or demerit (race, age, sex, etc) dumbs down the process, does not address the fundamental issue and does nothing to alter the basic premise that human beings, like it or not, are racist and enforce prejudice most often for self interest or perceived self interest. So before you insult me, or anybody else, from your high horse, consider that, going back to the real world, Steven Spielberg has not used the great JW because he was white or middle aged (he used him a through different ages) but because he was the best. And if he uses now Silvestri because JW can’t work at the same pace as before, is because Silvestri is a great composer.

      • Ben says:

        well said
        agreed

    5. avietar says:

      “According to a statement from Spielberg’s Amblin Productions: “Steven and John decided Alan Silvestri was the perfect choice for ‘Ready Player One’ since Steven has worked (as a producer) with Alan on the ‘Back to the Future’ films in the ’80s and Alan has scored other films for Steven’s Amblin and DreamWorks.”

      No doubt true, but a rather coldly utilitarian line of reasoning, in that it omits any mention of Spielberg’s regard for Silvestri’s musicianship and artistic sensibilities. How many people would really liked to be “praised” in such off-handed terms?

      • Mark says:

        Because sylvestri doesn’t score films with music. He wallpapers them with it. Like hans zimmer. Hacks, both.

    6. Island Planet says:

      I was really excited when I first heard that Spielberg took on this story. Now I’m not sure. This is a young, tech story. Scifi yes, but surely a young unexpected director could have kept the snappy vibrancy of the novel. And this old white guy for the score? Really? Williams wasn’t available so instead of a hot young urban composer they chose. What?

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