If John Williams were to suddenly die

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  1. Padme Bra Administrator Emeritus

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    No Williams, no Star Wars. Period. He's as important as Lucas.
  2. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Zimmer was outstanding in Gladiator, but his other music is so-so.
  3. halibut Chosen One

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    Lion King was excellent IMO
  4. ELEPHANT_MAN Jedi Knight

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    why hast thou forsken him
  5. Captain Page Jedi Knight

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    Argh!! Must.... not..... think.... of..... possibility..... John.... Williams.... must..... become..... immortal.....

    James Horner, Alan Silverstri, or Michael Kamen would be good choices, as wood Hans Zimmer. My vote would go to Horner. No one would be as good as Williams though, and I would just prefer to have the old music remixed.

    PS: About Hans Zimmer not writing any other good scores: What about Crimson Tide?
  6. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    I didn't say he didn't write anything good, I just said it was so-so. Maybe a better phrasing would have been up and down.

    I agree James Horner is very very good though, would probably be a good choice.
  7. Padme Bra Administrator Emeritus

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    Come on guys, don't be so predictable. As soon as I heard about a music forum I knew someone would start a 'What if Williams Died?' thread. :p
  8. legacyAccount Jedi Youngling

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    Hans Zimmer, James Horner or (this may seem totally out of left field but...) Robert W. Smith
  9. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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    James Horner: No

    Why? Because he'd sentementalise the entire score. His scores are quite annoying and overated in my opinion.


    Danny Elfman: Yes.

    Why? Because the next two films will revolve around the Dark Side of the Force more, and with Elfman's exotic choice of instruments and style in music, he'd be the perfect choice as composer.

    David Arnold: Yes.

    Why? Because judging by his previous scores "Stargate", "Independence Day" and "Godzilla", his scores are very similar in style to John Williams.

    Jerry Goldsmith: No.

    Why? He's good but not that great, I've noticed with many of his scores, they seem to have to much synthesis.

    Alan Silvestri: No.

    Why? He would have done a great job with "Jurassic Park 3" judging from his work on "Predator 2" but sometimes he's just unoriginal and plain. He'd be a bad choice for SW.

    Hans Zimmer: Yes.

    Why? Because his scores are very artful and tasteful, he'd be a great choice.
  10. Padme Bra Administrator Emeritus

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    Danny Elfman??? Are you insane?

    //puke
  11. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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    Nope.

    I think he'd be an excellent choice.

    :D
  12. Fatboy_Roberts Jedi Youngling

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    slightly dissapointed this thread even popped up.

    even more disappointed it's got the most posts.

    why can't we just say "Say williams decides to not score Episode II and III..who would you have step in?"

    I dunno..I think it woulda worked better that way.

    Peace,
    Fatboy
  13. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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    Yeah but you gotta think of possible future circumstances.

    What if it did happen?

    Hmmmm?
  14. Mr. K Moderator Emeritus

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    I agree with Fats. Perhaps the title should be "Who would replace Williams if he were unable to score Ep.II & III?
  15. ArsenicMan Jedi Knight

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    James Horner - as long as his work was along the lines of his earlier scores (ST II/III)

    Jerry Goldsmith - as long as they ban him from the synth

    Cliff Eidelman - if they ban him from the chorus (IMHO, not a good addition to RotJ or TPM)

    Joel McNeely - he'd probably do a decent job

    the guy who did the original music for X-Wing/TIE Fighter/Dark Forces - he did a pretty good job with just MIDI; I'd like to hear what he could do with a full orchestra
  16. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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    Anyone who goes from MIDI straight to full orchestra usually don't do the best job of all.

    Look at Mark Snow for "The X-Files: Fight the Future", in the show he used complete MIDI and synth, but with the film the score was just a bit too overboard with it's bigger budget. Snow obviously hadn't had much experience with orchestra.
  17. Jedi Greg Maddux Jedi Grand Master

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    I can't imagine SW without John Williams. John Williams is getting up there in years, but I don't think we'll have to worry about Lucas getting another composer for the rest of the prequels.
  18. lakrisgubben Jedi Knight

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    I think that Hans Zimmer would be a great replacement... anyone heard the score to "The Rock" It`s the best ever... next to starwars...
  19. Grand Admiral Reese Jedi Grand Master

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    Zimmer is okay, and he could probably pull off the Star Wars sound well. But I'd still rather not think of the idea.
  20. Darth Rayder Force Ghost

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    Certainly, Horner is not a perfect choice, but I think his "emotional" type of music would be on par for Ep II and III. Just as long as he stays away from the heavy piano crashes he seems to like so much. (Anyone who has the Deep Impact or Sneakers soundtrack knows what I'm talking about)
  21. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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    I just think Horner's scores are a bit too clichéd and over-rated, he's too repetitive and has little creative style at all.
  22. s1138_ Jedi Knight

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    WHY WOULD YOU THINK LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!!

    but if it would happen (you know it aint going to) i would say, they should just remix and edit the songs
  23. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    The reason we say what if he died instead of what if he didn't do it, is because if Williams was still alive, fans would storm his house and force him to compose at gunpoint.

    Anyway, Silvestri or Zimmer. MacNeely would get though I'm sure and I know what you mean about Mark Snow.
  24. EmperorsHalberdier Jedi Padawan

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    No pianos allowed in SW soundtracks!!! Is everybody clear on that?
  25. jamesdrax Force Ghost

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