This is probably the best news we've heard all week, if not all that surprising.
Legendary composer John Williams will be back to score Star Wars: Episode VIII and Indiana Jones 5. This rather excellent revelation was confirmed in two separate items, with Access Hollywood reporter Scott Mantz first revealing on Twitter that Steven Spielberg gave him the good news about Indy 5:
Mantz put Spielberg on the spot last night (June 9) at an American Film Institute event honoring Williams with a lifetime achievement award, which was probably as good a place as any to drop the news about the fifth Indy movie. As for Star Wars, Williams himself told Variety that he's willing to come back:
"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."
Okay, so that's not a 100 percent confirmation of his involvement with Star Wars, but barring any health or age issues (the man is, after all, 84 years old, bless his heart), we can't imagine that director Rian Johnson doesn't want Williams coming back to the franchise for the eighth time.
Williams seems to show no signs of slowing down at the moment, with Spielberg's upcoming The BFG slated to be his 28th collaboration with the director (Ready Player One will be Number 29). How long can he go? Let's hope as long as possible. The thought of a Star Wars or Indiana Jones film without a Williams score -- which is, at some point, probably inevitable -- is not something we want to ponder for now.
By the way, the AFI tribute to Williams airs on TNT on July 15, while Star Wars: Episode VIII opens on Dec. 15, 2017, and Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled to arrive on July 19, 2019.