To: Mr. J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII,
I would like to formally request that you use your position as director of Star Wars: Episode VII to officially ban the further use of the "Wilhelm scream" within the Star Wars universe. What was once an in-joke amongst sound designers in Hollywood is now trite and played out. Further use of this ubiquitous sample is now akin to saying "That's what she said" constantly and thinking it's actually funny or making a sports video game and believing it's exciting to include "big head" mode as an Easter egg. Hopefully, other filmmakers will follow your lead.
Your cooperation in helping bring an end to this is appreciated. I would also like to propose a replacement sound to start working into the background of films that would be far more interesting: the mysterious screaming at the 1:50 mark of this scene from Citizen Kane. Anyone who manages to effectively sneak this into the sound design of their film is surely quite the artist.
Thank you in advance, Jerry O'Keefe.