Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Mastadge, Feb 9, 2001.
No Williams, no Star Wars. Period. He's as important as Lucas.
Zimmer was outstanding in Gladiator, but his other music is so-so.
Lion King was excellent IMO
why hast thou forsken him
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?
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.
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.
Hans Zimmer, James Horner or (this may seem totally out of left field but...) Robert W. Smith
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.
Danny Elfman??? Are you insane?
I think he'd be an excellent choice.
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.
Yeah but you gotta think of possible future circumstances.
What if it did happen?
I agree with Fats. Perhaps the title should be "Who would replace Williams if he were unable to score Ep.II & III?
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
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.
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.
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...
Zimmer is okay, and he could probably pull off the Star Wars sound well. But I'd still rather not think of the idea.
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)
I just think Horner's scores are a bit too clichÃ©d and over-rated, he's too repetitive and has little creative style at all.
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
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.
No pianos allowed in SW soundtracks!!! Is everybody clear on that?
Uh? Why not?