John Williams Doesn’t Plan To Retire After ‘Indiana Jones 5’, After All

John Williams isn’t going anywhere just yet. Last summer, the legendary composer told us that his score for Indiana Jones 5 would be his last, putting an end to an incredible career that started way back in the 1950s. But at an event held for Williams’ longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg, he confirmed (via EW) that retirement is off the table for now.

Oh, and we have Spielberg to thank for it.

“I’ll stick around for awhile,” Williams said. “I can’t retire from music. A day without music is a mistake.”

Williams’ music can currently be heard in Spielberg’s latest film, The Fabelmans, which would have been his penultimate score if things had stayed as originally planned. But it turns out Williams just can’t quit Spielberg, and they are apparently working together again next…

“One thing Steven isn’t is a man you can say no to,” Williams joked.

Spielberg jokingly responded, “I just found out he’s not retiring.”

So what will this project be? Spielberg is planning a Bullitt movie that may star Bradley Cooper, so it could be that. But it seems like the next and possibly last Williams/Spielberg collaboration should be something epic, right? More news on this soon, hopefully.

Travis Hopson
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