The man behind the magic of so many classic movies is soon to be the star of one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a feature-length documentary on composer John Williams is in the works, led by Steven Spielberg. THR reports that longtime documentary director Laurent Bouzereau will direct the project, which is being produced by Amblin Television, Imagine Documentaries, and Nedland Media. Spielberg will be an executive producer, alongside Brian Glazer, Ron Howard, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, and Meredith Kaulfers.
THR notes that the project is still in the early stages of production, but it’s exciting nonetheless. John Williams is one of the most iconic figures in film history, and there’s no one better to spearhead a documentary about him than Steven Spielberg. Williams has composed the score for the overwhelming majority of Spielberg’s films, including Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln, among many others.
Though Williams, who is 90 years old, had indicated he might retire after Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, he recently said that he won’t retire after all. His legacy in film is unsurpassed, and with 52 Academy Award nominations only Walt Disney has more in Hollywood history. Of particular note for readers of this site, Williams has been described by George Lucas as the “secret sauce” behind Star Wars, and it is impossible to conceive of the galaxy far, far away without the iconic music of this masterful maestro. He has composed the score for all nine Skywalker Saga films, and has also written themes for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Galaxy’s Edge.
A list of the most influential people on the Star Wars universe would have Williams right near the top, and deservedly so. I’m thrilled to hear that there’s a documentary about his storied career in the works, and I can’t think of a better team to bring it about.