“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.”
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.