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Re: Holt says Williams decided when his themes could be used in Obi-Wan
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• Posted by: AhN   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 2:55 p.m.
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• In Response to: Holt says Williams decided when his themes cou... (JB11sos)

> So, that clears that up. Here's the full quote:

> 'John Williams watched the whole show, and he granted permission for
> his themes to be used in episode six and in certain places, and where the
> Yoda theme would go, and then that set the tentpoles for me. Like, 'Okay,
> we can't use the themes until this point, so we need to be leading to
> them.''

> There are some more details in the interview here:


Thought about tacking this on to the thread I made the other day before remembering I have better things to work on lol. The most fascinating tidbit is when she elaborates on what the showrunner told her at the start, when they weren't sure if they could use any Williams themes:

"Deborah [Chow] was saying to me 'I think we need to score the show as if we're not going to be able to use [Williams' themes]...I don't want to find out that we can't, so let's make it work without. Let's do our own thing.'"

Between this and the Rogue One stuff discussed in the previous thread, it's unclear to me whether it's a matter of 1. Williams has the final say on his music being used, or 2. Disney/Lucasfilm is just extraordinarily deferential to him. Because if it's the latter, they kneecapped themselves with this show. And if it's the former (which is more plausible from a legal standpoint), then he basically gave free rein to Powell, pulled Giacchino in a bit, blocked Holt on this...but also let Goransson go for it in Mando Season 2?? If he's had this influence the entire time, his application of that power has been confusing.

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