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EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg Confirms That John Williams Will Return to Score the Fifth 'Indiana Jones'

by Meredith B. Kile 10:56 PM PDT, June 09, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg Confirms That John Williams Will Return to Score the Fifth 'Indiana Jones'

Indiana Jones fans might have to wait until 2019 to see the fifth installment in Steven Spielberg’s iconic adventure series, but they won’t have to worry about the film’s signature score!

Spielberg confirmed to ET's Ashley Crossan on Thursday that legendary composer John Williams will be returning to score the as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones feature, after lending his talents to the first four features in the Harrison Ford-starring series.

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“John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely,” the director said at the American Film Institute event honoring Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Spielberg and Williams first worked together on 1974’s Sugarland Express, but it was a movie that Williams scored five years prior that led to the epic collaboration.

“I had listened to a score that he had written for Mary Rydell’s movie, The Reivers,” Spielberg told ET at the event. “I wrote an entire screenplay inspired by that music. And I made a promise to myself that if I was ever lucky enough to be a movie director, I would go right to this guy John Williams to see if he’d write the music.”

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The year after Sugarland Express, the pair teamed up on Jaws, which garnered Williams his second of five Oscars, leading to a decades-long partnership between the director and composer. It’s been a successful team-up, as 16 Spielberg-Williams collaborations have earned the composer Oscar nominations for Best Original Score.

Apart from all his work with Spielberg, Williams has also scored all the films in the Star Wars series so far, including 2015’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens. See what star John Boyega had to say about hearing his character Finn’s musical theme for the first time in the video below.

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