Don’t Hold Your Breath For More “Making Of” PT Books

Jonathan “J.W.” Rinzler did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit today. Aside from other tidbits, including the nugget that according to Lucas, Boba Fett did survive the sarlacc pit, he had this to say in response to whether we’ll see “Making Of” coffee table books on the prequels:

Q. Thanks for doing this AMA. Are there any plans to go and write a new version of the Making of TPM, AOTC and ROTS? I loved those books as they are, but would love an even deeper dive into the events as well as same design style for my bookshelf.
A [JonathanRinzler[S] 4S]
Well that would be nice, but it’s highly unlikely. I would like to put out an edition of the Episode III book that includes the last chapter which was only available online. That would be fun. But now with all the new movies, I think we’re going to be looking forward to the next decade or so.

It’s not terribly surprising given that there’s a full slate of new material until 2020 or so but it’s also very disappointing, especially given the amount of scholarship that went into Rinzler’s books about Eps IV-VI and all of the bonus material that went with the online versions.

But I have an idea…if Rinzler is going to be too busy with new movies to write about for the next several years, why not get somebody else then? (Especially someone with a real affection for the films.) Like I keep saying, we won’t get it unless we demand it.

The rest of the Reddit chat session is chronicled here in case you care.



8 Responses to “Don’t Hold Your Breath For More “Making Of” PT Books”

  1. mes Says:

    It’s disappointing, but not surprising. I don’t expect the PT era to get much attention until after the ST is over. Maybe not even then.

  2. lovelucas Says:

    Yet more proof that the prequels are not the focus and won’t be for…what ….TEN YEARS? or more? or forever? Geez – are our voices heard anywhere except here? On Facebook there are groups of people who feel the way we do – and who respond the same way but SWPAS is the only place I feel any strength of movement. Makes me furious to read the endless tirades from those hating fanboys but I have to say it’s even more discouraging when Lucasfilm/Disney insiders/employees voice the same lack of support only in polite language.

  3. PrinceOfNaboo Says:

    That’s unfortunate. I would have loved to read a more in-depth description of these films making. Really sad.

    I have to agree with LP: What’s the problem with hiring another writer? It’s just laziness and Disney’s generally dismissive attitude towards the Prequels.

  4. madmediaman Says:

    As expected… dump on the PT. Seriously??? The 20th Anniversary of TPM is coming up in only 5 years. Are Disney or Lucasfilm just going to ignore that?

    Disney pitched to their investors that in today’s dollars the Prequels would have generated $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide, and now they are just going to ignore them and sweep them under the rug while we “focus on the new films and the OT.” Yup, remember, its just like when George pulled all the OT merchandise off the shelves because he was “focusing on the new films.”

    Wait, what???

    As I’ve said a million times… there is no OT or PT, there’s ONE SAGA!!!

  5. TPF1138 Says:

    Not surprising, really.

    I don’t think there was ever any intention to do ‘Making Of’ books for the prequels, even back before Lucasfilm was sold, and the Clone Wars was still in production. I think the prevailing sense is that those movies were fairly indepthly covered during the years that they were being produced.

    I don’t necessarily agree, particularly as regards the early inception of The Phantom Menace and the various drafts of it’s screenplay, but I suppose I can see how that might be the interpretation.

    TBH I wouldn’t be interested in anyone else but Rinzler writing these anyway. He’s shown himself to be an intelligent, balanced, and insightful chronicler with a respect for Lucas and Lucas’s intentions. His making of Revenge of the Sith is still one of my absolute favourite behind-the-scenes books. In all honesty, I might argue that it is perhaps even more insightful and valuable than his subsequent recounting of the original trilogy’s creation, because he was actually present during Episode III’s production.

  6. slicer87 Says:

    “Aside from other tidbits, including the nugget that according to Lucas, Boba Fett did survive the sarlacc pit,”

    That is strange since Lucas in 1997 confirmed Boba died in the sarlacc pit (at least in film canon). ”

    Lucas, in a 1997 MTV interview, said “I don’t know why. [Laughs] I’m mystified by it. He is, he’s a, I mean I think he’s a, he’s a mysterious character, he’s a provocative character. He seems like an all powerful character, except he gets killed. Although he’s gotten killed, the people who write the books, and everybody else, the comics, are all ‘We cant kill him, we gotta bring him back!’, you know, ‘He can’t die! We refuse to let him die!'”

    I wonder if Lucas changed his mind or if J.W purposely misconstrue what Lucas stated to the way he wants it?

  7. lovelucas Says:

    IMO J.W. was opening up the possibility that Disney will run with it.

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