At a recent Star Trek Into Darkness event in Berlin, Abrams shared his opinion on who should score the next Star Wars movie. Also read why ILM wants to move part of its crew to London…
J.J. Abrams was asked at a press conference about the possibility of Michael Giacchino (Star Trek, Super 8) to score the next episode of Star Wars. Here’s what he had to say:
“Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. … He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this score, he really outdid himself. Again, for Star Wars, it’s very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was.”
A few weeks ago Giacchino himself showed his support to John Williams for scoring Episode 7:
“He has been a great inspiration to me over the years. He has been a great teacher to me and good friend and I would love nothing more than to hear more of his music from that universe. If it were up to me I would say ‘John, you must do it”
As the new “Star Wars” movie gets ready for production, visual effects giant Industrial Light & Magic is looking at opening a facility in the United Kingdom to take advantage of foreign tax subsidies.
Miles Perkins, head of corporate communications for ILM’s parent company Lucasfilm, said that the company had not yet decided whether to do the visual effects work in London but was considering it. “We’re evaluating a number of different scenarios and doing our due diligence,” he said.
The move would be significant because ILM, based in northern California area and considered the grandfather of modern visual effects artistry, will be leading the work on the new “Star Wars” trilogy announced by Disney last year when it acquired Lucasfilm. That will likely be a sprawling, special effects intense project.
The facility would be used for visual-effects work on the films, which may be partly shot in England. ILM has been scouting locations in East London, known as the Docklands. It has also explored installing fiber optic cable so its team based at headquarters in the Presidio of San Francisco can oversee work coming from the U.K.
Perkins said that there were no plans to leave the Bay Area. “The core of our business is here, and there isn’t the intention of diminishing that core,” he said. “That would be suicide. The people who make up our brain trust are here, and we have no intention of doing anything to change that.”