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 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/john-williams-alan-silvestri-steven-spielberg-ready-player-one-the-papers-1202490105/

Composer John Williams, who has scored all but two of Steven Spielberg’s feature films over the past 43 years, will not be doing the music chores on Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” — instead, that job will go to “Forrest Gump” composer Alan Silvestri.

Because post-production is happening on the same time on both “Ready Player One” and Spielberg’s other film, “The Papers,” Williams will score the latter film. It will mark their 28th feature collaboration.

According to a statement from Spielberg’s Amblin Productions: “Steven and John decided Alan Silvestri was the perfect choice for ‘Ready Player One’ since Steven has worked (as a producer) with Alan on the ‘Back to the Future’ films in the ’80s and Alan has scored other films for Steven’s Amblin and DreamWorks.”

“The Papers” opens Dec. 22 and “Ready Player One” opens March 30, 2018.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

Williams' streak of scoring films starting with "The" continues:

- The Book Thief (2013)
- The Force Awakens (2015)
- The BFG (2016)
- The Last Jedi (2017)
- The Papers (2017)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   c8   (Member)

Makes sense why this is happening. Silvestri is an unexpected but refreshing choice. This should be great.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I love Williams and Silvestri, but it seems like Spielberg really likes to keep his film scores close to home. He's got a comfort zone and he stays in it. Still, it's a net positive if it keeps Silvestri in business.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Good that Spielberg moves around on his secondary choices until he finds another perfect fit.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Williams's streak of scoring films starting with "The" continues:

- The Book Thief (2013)
- The Force Awakens (2015)
- The BFG (2016)
- The Last Jedi (2017)
- The Papers (2018)


The Fury

Oh, and The Jaws! ; )

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

I haven't been gigantically impressed by Silvestri lately but maybe Spielberg will coax a great score out of him.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:24 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Wow. Would've loved to hear Williams' take, but I just know Silvestri's score will be terrific.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   John Mullin   (Member)

Good that Spielberg moves around on his secondary choices until he finds another perfect fit.

I agree, but I also hope he _never_ finds a permanent 2nd choice. It's fun to hear what different established composers sound like when they work with him.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

While it's always disappointing when Williams passes on a Spielberg movie, Spielberg has a pretty good track record in choosing other composers. Jerry Goldsmith on Twilight Zone: The Movie, Quincy Jones on The Color Purple, Thomas Newman on Bridge Of Spies and now Silvestri on Ready Player One. Hopefully working with Spielberg (and scoring a movie all about 80's nostalgia) will allow Silvestri a lot more creative freedom than he's been allowed on most of his recent projects...only The Walk has really wowed me in the last 15 years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 9:15 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I love Williams and Silvestri, but it seems like Spielberg really likes to keep his film scores close to home. He's got a comfort zone and he stays in it.

If the gig had gone to someone like Tom Holkenborg or tomandandy, reactions would be interesting.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Am I the only person who would rather Silverstein was doing The Papers and Williams Ready Player One? smile

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Good that Spielberg moves around on his secondary choices until he finds another perfect fit.

Spielberg has worked with many composers, just not as director. But he is a very hands-on producer, and has worked many times with Goldsmith, Broughton, Horner, and (yes) Silvestri.

I don't think he's necessarily looking to find his next John Williams. His relationship with Williams is that of trusted colleague and friend, and if Williams could score as many movies at 85 as he could at 65, I'm sure he'd still be using him for every directorial project. But it feels like, without Williams, Spielberg is choosing individual composers for specific projects. Since "Ready Player One" is evidently steeped in '80s culture, Silvestri (who scored Spielberg-the-producer's biggest hits in that decade) is a logical choice.

Spielberg, the film music fan, can bring out the best in composers, and it will be interesting to see if that happens this time.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Am I the only person who would rather Silverstein was doing The Papers and Williams Ready Player One? smile

I'm sure you aren't, though (knowing next to nothing about either project) I think I like how this has shaken out.

Although I'm interested in this Silverstein fellow you speak of…

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Shel Silverstein would have been the most unusual choice ever, for a variety of reasons...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2017 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Good that Spielberg moves around on his secondary choices until he finds another perfect fit.

Spielberg has worked with many composers, just not as director. But he is a very hands-on producer, and has worked many times with Goldsmith, Broughton, Horner, and (yes) Silvestri.

I don't think he's necessarily looking to find his next John Williams. His relationship with Williams is that of trusted colleague and friend, and if Williams could score as many movies at 85 as he could at 65, I'm sure he'd still be using him for every directorial project. But it feels like, without Williams, Spielberg is choosing individual composers for specific projects. Since "Ready Player One" is evidently steeped in '80s culture, Silvestri (who scored Spielberg-the-producer's biggest hits in that decade) is a logical choice.

Spielberg, the film music fan, can bring out the best in composers, and it will be interesting to see if that happens this time.


Exactly.

Smart point of view of the coming situation !

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2017 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

I am so happy that Silvestri is making a return to the mainstreams. Hopefully he carries along that side of him that put his name on the maps for most of us back in the days, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2017 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

While it's always disappointing when Williams passes on a Spielberg movie, Spielberg has a pretty good track record in choosing other composers. Jerry Goldsmith on Twilight Zone: The Movie, Quincy Jones on The Color Purple, Thomas Newman on Bridge Of Spies and now Silvestri on Ready Player One. Hopefully working with Spielberg (and scoring a movie all about 80's nostalgia) will allow Silvestri a lot more creative freedom than he's been allowed on most of his recent projects...only The Walk has really wowed me in the last 15 years.

And also Goldsmith on POLTERGEIST. While there's some debate about who directed the movie during production (though the answer seems perfectly clear to me just by looking at the unmistakable camerawork), from what I've both read and also heard from those involved, there's no question Spielberg alone ran post-production, including the scoring process.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2017 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Silvestri will be allowed to write an orchestral score with big themes - wonderful news!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2017 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

Williams' streak of scoring films starting with "The" continues:

- The Book Thief (2013)
- The Force Awakens (2015)
- The BFG (2016)
- The Last Jedi (2017)
- The Papers (2018)


Except (*pedants hat on*) the onscreen title (which is the one that counts) is STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and will presumably be the same deal with STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI.

 
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