The opening fanfare to the classic — and more recent — Star Wars films is as iconic as the movies themselves. But that familiar sound that introduced the first six films in the franchise, from the drumroll to the fanfare, belongs to 20th Century Fox.
Now that Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Business Insider reports, a new fanfare will be installed, for both upcoming films and the digital versions of the previous ones, and we have the first taste of it via online leak down below.
Via Business Insider:
…it seemed logical that future “Star Wars” films would no longer feature the 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare. But it turns out Disney has also removed it from all previous ‘Star Wars’ films (except for the original 1977 “Star Wars,” as 20th Century Fox still owns the distribution rights).
In place of the 20th Century Fox opening, Disney now begins each “Star Wars” episode with the Lucasfilm logo but has given it its own opening fanfare that is pretty close to the original’s — there are still trumpets, but the classic drumroll is gone.
Enter a new sound in time for the 7th film, The Force Awakens, which is released December 18.
“This is the new opening fanfare for @StarWars,” writes Matt Downham on Instagram. “Pretty crazy not hearing the 20th Century Fox intro!”