The Hollywood Reporter reports that Spielberg is leading the project about the 90-year-old five-time Oscar winner responsible for some of Hollywood’s most famous scores: Jaws, the Star Wars saga, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones series, the Harry Potter franchise, to name just a few.
Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer are among the executive producers of the film, which has reportedly already enlisted acclaimed documentarian Laurent Bouzereau to direct.
Following 2022’s The Fabelmans — which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score — Williams and Spielberg (as producer) will next collaborate on the James Mangold-directed Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The fifth installment in the adventure franchise was previously touted as the nonagenarian’s final score, but as Williams told Spielberg during a recent American Cinematheque event, he has backtracked on his retirement plans.
“Steven is a lot of things. He’s a director, he’s a producer, he’s a studio head, he’s a writer, he’s a philanthropist, he’s an educator. One thing he isn’t is a man you can say ‘no’ to,” Williams said during the conversation. “Also, you can’t ‘retire’ from music. It’s like breathing. It’s your life. It’s my life. A day without music is a mistake.”
(Spielberg then quipped, “I’d better get to work to find out what the hell I’m doing next!”)