Never say never, but it looks like Indiana Jones 5 might be the last hurrah for iconic composer John Williams.
John Williams, the legendary composer of films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Jaws and Indiana Jones, has said he’s retiring after finishing the score for the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, which is scheduled to be released next June.
In an interview with Associated Press, Williams noted that the film might also be Harrison Ford’s last.
“At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a bit younger than I am — I think has announced will be his last film. So, I thought: if Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”
Ford has not made a public announcement about retiring, but fans have long suspected Indy 5 might be his last film. While Ford, who’s turning 80 next month, has continuously appeared in films, he’s slowed down considerably. The Han Solo actor’s last film was 2020’s The Call Of The Wild.
Williams didn’t rule out returning to composing. “I don’t want to be seen as categorically eliminating any activity.” The composer and five-time Academy Award winner did note that while he might be stepping away from films, he’s still working on music. Williams is focusing on concert music and is currently working on a piano concerto for Emanuel Ax.
Williams turned 90 in February, but has been working tirelessly in film for the past 60 years. He also had a cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as a bartender on the planet Kijimi. Williams’ style is often described as neo-classical or neo-romantic as it’s inspired by musicians such as Mahler, Wagner and Korngold.
Indiana Jones 5, directed by James Mangold and starring Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen, is set for a June 30, 2023 release date. The plot of the film is currently strictly confidential, but after a first image was released at Star Wars Celebration, we can expect more news soon enough.