If John Williams were to stop making music, it’d be a tremendous loss for cinema. He has given us countless iconic scores that are instantly recognizable within seconds, from “Jaws,” to “Star Wars,” to “Jurassic Park.” While most film composers are rather anonymous compared to directors or writers, Williams is one of the only film composers whose name is widely known and recognized.
Granted the 90-year-old does deserve his rest. He now joins the likes of Ridley Scott in that they simply seem unable to stop working, and if they ever do, that’s the moment they stop living.
So, what inspired Williams’ change of heart, given he was adamant just last year? Well, thank Steven Spielberg. At the event, Williams credited their collaboration on “The Fabelmans” as persuading him from retiring, if only so he can collaborate with the director once again. “One thing Steven isn’t is a man you can say no to,” Williams joked.
He also said he was inspired by Spielberg’s father working for the director’s USC Shoah Foundation until after he turned 100. “I’ve got ten years to go” the composer added, joking that he wanted to match Spielberg’s father — and also become arguably the oldest film composers.