Steven Spielberg currently has two films in the works. There is the highly anticipated Ready Player One, a sci-fi film based on the hugely popular book. There is also The Papers, which is a political drama starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. John Williams will be scoring one of those films, but it’s probably not the one you think.
Williams has apparently passed on scoring Ready Player One. Instead, the gig will go to Alan Silvestri. While this will be the first collaboration between Silvestri and Spielberg, Silvestri is no stranger to directing big blockbusters. Some of his composer credits include Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and The Avengers. Silvestri will also be composing the score for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
John Williams is arguably the most prolific composer working in Hollywood today, with Spielberg arguably being the most iconic director. They have had one of the most fruitful partnerships in film history.
This is actually the second time in recent years that Williams has passed on directing a Spielberg film. Williams made big news in 2015 when it was announced he would not be scoring Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. It was the first time in 30 years that Williams had not scored a Spielberg film with the last one being 1985’s The Color Purple.
While it can be disappointing to think that we’re missing out on another great John Williams sci-fi soundtrack, it will be exciting to think of what Silvestri and Spielberg can do together. And on the plus side, we’ll most definitely get a fantastic soundtrack out of The Papers.
Ready Player One has a release date set for March 30, 2018. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and T.J. Miller.
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