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Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny’s Director Explains The ‘Complex’ Process Of Getting John Williams To Score The Film

Mention the name Indiana Jones, and the archaeologist’s signature theme song likely will begin playing in your head. The themes composed for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the subsequent Indiana Jones movies rank as the absolute best of composer John Williams. And even though Steven Spielberg isn’t returning to helm Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, it feels like getting Harrison Ford and Williams to return will provide enough of the magic to make the movie’s nostalgia factor kick in. 

During the recent Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s director, James Mangold, opened up about getting composer John Williams to return to the franchise. Williams initially said he planned to retire after scoring Mangold’s sequel. But as you can tell by this story, the drive to compose, and surround himself in music, might never go away. Mangold talked about the process of securing Williams, and said:

It’s even more complex than that. I was thrilled beyond belief, but at first he was going to write some themes, you know, and then hire some people to help arrange it throughout the movie. And then he saw the movie. And then he started writing themes, and then he just didn’t stop until he had written over two hours of music. In pencil!