John Williams to Score Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars VIII

On June 9th at the 44th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala held in Los Angeles, John Williams was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His contribution to film is incalculable, with the maestro scoring such iconic films as Jaws, Harry Potter, and Superman. Better known perhaps, and instantly recognizable are his scores for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and fans of those two franchises were greeted with a happy announcement from the red carpet Friday night when the news broke that Williams will return to score both Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars VIII.

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Williams confirmed to Variety that he was committed to scoring Star Wars VIII if he is able:

“If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley.”

Rian Johnson wrote and directed the next installment in the Star Wars series, Star Wars: Episode VIII which is currently in the process of principal filming.

John Williams Said to Ride Again with Indy!

Meanwhile, while walking the red carpet Friday night, Steven Spielberg told Access Hollywood that the Indiana Jones composer would be back again writing the music for Indiana Jones 5.

There it is folks! The man himself, John Williams will be back composing epic strains for two of the world’s biggest franchises. Look for Star Wars: Episode VIII, starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis as well as Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Academy Award nominee Laura Dern. The film is slated to premiere on December 15, 2017.

The yet untitled Indiana Jones 5 sees both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg returning to the franchise. David Koepp is writing the script with the film set for a July 19, 2019 debut. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

Who’s ready to ride again with Indy and visit, “A Galaxy Far, Far away?” Please comment, Like and Share!

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Tim Piland

Timothy Piland is a classically trained tenor and opera singer. He was born and raised in the Springfield, Mo. Area.

He has performed Roles for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Theater, Springfield Regional Opera and Mobile Opera. He has also worked for the Puccini Festival, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

In his performing career he has performed roles in: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermouse, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and many other shows.

In 2007, he toured the United Kingdom with the Church of the Incarnation out of Dallas, Texas. This included a week long engagement at Westminster Abbey, as well as a 9 day engagement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2009 he originated the role of the Priest in "Frankenstein, Monster" by Le Wlhelm at the Gilloiz Theater.

He appeared onstage as Rupert Giles for, "A Class Act productions," in their ongoing presentation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody, from March 2010-July 2013.

In November 2011, he made his directoral debut, directing "Star Trek Live Onstage: The Trouble with Tribbles," also for "A Class Act." He went on to direct 14 of the next 17 episodes of that live stage show.

Each Christmas you can also catch him at the historic Pythian Castle where he performs in a, "Night of the Dueling Santas," a Christmas dinner show of his own writing. He has been the Ghost Tour Guide for the castle since 2010.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, SYFY Channel, The History Channel, NPR.

He is the founder of Harvest Moon Productions and oversees events ranging from concerts to straight plays. He is currently writing a book called "Ghostly Tales From Pythian Castle," which hopefully will see production at some point in 2014.

In 2013 he was cast as Dr. Howard Lagrasse in the 5 episode silent Horror web series SHADOW BOUND, for Arcane Productions. Most recently he was cast in a role in the feature film EVERYTHING, for Parallax Studio.

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