You’ve Got To Read J.W. Rinzler’s Blog

The author of “The Making of Revenge Of The Sith,” “The Making of (the OT),” and other books is now recounting his days at Lucasfilm 2001-2015 at his blog.  It’s a fascinating insider’s account at what it was like working there during the last decade or so of it being George Lucas’s company.  It’s honest and no-holds-barred without being mean, gossipy, or bitter. Get the inside skinny on the good and bad of an almost idyllic work environment, how certain projects came to be, and his impressions of folks like Lucas or prequels producer Rick McCallum (with many more to come, I’m sure).  I have a feeling that the closer the blog gets to the Disney era, the juicier it will get.

The entries (The Rise and Fall of Star Wars) are updated Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Update #1: The blog went 404 sometime yesterday evening my time and as of yet isn’t back up. The rest of the site is still there. Rinzler has as of yet not addressed the issue, whether it’s a technical/server problem or if he was asked to take his entries down.

Naboo News has summaries and excerpts from prequel-related posts from Rinzler’s blog in case you missed them.

Update #2:  Rinzler suddenly cancelled an appearance scheduled for tomorrow on the Star Wars Junk podcast.  It seems to me somebody told him to stop blogging.

Update #3:  Get this cached link to all 12 of the original entries and save them, quick!


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43 Responses to “You’ve Got To Read J.W. Rinzler’s Blog”

  1. joe Says:

    been reading these interesting stuff hopefully will learn the truth of how kk jar jar abrams lk bob iger and disney betrayed george and true fans of star wars by pandering to a bunch of crybabies who for the last 18 years b****ed about their childhood being raped (a phrase that needs to be retired it’s an insult to actual victims of rape) i imagine it won’t be pretty

    • Branislav Marček Says:

      We pretty much know that truth already. What we know barely anything about though is the actual content of his treatments and what the story was about.

      • Steve Bragg Says:

        And Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm story group whom has been there since prequels for 18 years (He covered rEP3 from the set daily) said his treatments were very shot and there will be elements incorporated in the new films before they are done.

      • Branislav Marček Says:

        And George Lucas who has been there since the very beginning said they didn´t use his story.

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        Sorry, Brainie. But, that’s what it is. If u don’t like, sorry, but, that’s too bad for you.

        However, I’ll give u some (for a lack of a better word) HOPE that the Han Solo movie will be at least faithful to what GL planned for Han’s past, which is fairly likely given one of the potential other reasons why they fired Lord and Miller and brought notable GL ally and Prequel fan/defender, Ron Howard to finish the movie and reshoot 5 weeks worth of the movie to better align with what GL planned for Han Solo’s past.

        Now, before u attack me, please note I’m trying to fair on both sides of this situation here, so, if u wanna give me a devil’s advocate, don’t do it harshly.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        But you called the guy “Brainie?” Huh?

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        I only said Brainie, because it’s what I’d think of if I see different people’s names and give them a nickname of their own.

      • Branislav Marček Says:

        Yes that´s what it is, Lucas said they didn´t use his story and I believe Lucas, not Hidalgo. The End.

  2. Hoggle Says:

    It was the day that Darth Vader turned up on set that the star wars galaxy would be changed forever, in relation to RotS & forward.

    RInzler also made it very indecipherable to work back with the official screenplay to what the original screenplay and content of stuff was before it got jumbled, the graphic novel gives a better sense of what was the initial thing.

    Although there were a few good bits & alterations added here and there, many more dramatically immediate & cohesive sub-plots got losts as the trilogy went on in balance i’d say, particularly as relates to RotS slight juggle over the touchdown line.

    The Holy Grail of GL era of Star Wars would be the Visual Script & it’s associated screenplay. That would be worth a good penny. But as cannon is a billion dollar on going concern, it is nigh on impossible to imagine could happen in a non complicated way if at all.

  3. Moose Says:

    The title of that blog say it all.

    • Moose Says:

      I mean: The title of that blog SAYS it all. Reading these entries (and his Making of .. books), I just do not know how Star Wars how one can make a Star Wars movies without George Lucas.

      • Moose Says:

        This time I mean: Reading these entries (and his Making of .. books), I just do not know how one can make a Star Wars movie without George Lucas.

      • joe Says:

        it can be done if done right like rogue one (my opinion if you disagree)

      • joe Says:

        and now the blog is down i hope disney had nothing to do with this

      • Simon Maxwell Says:

        The blog may be gone, but it’s still possible (at the moment) to read the entries. Search for “J W Rinzler Blog” on Google. Then, instead of clicking on the link to the blog, click on the small green triangle, then click on ‘Cached’. As long as the cached version is from before yesterday, you’ll be able to read the blog.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        The blog seems to be completely gone.

      • Simon Maxwell Says:

        I’d just like to point out that there was a very short thread on mentioning Rinzler’s blog. That thread has now mysteriously vanished.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        Curiouser and curiouser.

      • Moose Says:

        Maybe that blog was “too dangerous to be left alive.”

      • lazypadawan Says:

        I’m beginning to think you’re right. What a shame.

      • joe Says:

        some one must have executed order 66

      • Eduardo Vargas Says:

        Funny enough, the Jedi Council Forums have gotten several members banned and “perma-banned” over the course of the last months or so- Now one can’t criticize Disney or the new Lucasfilm for the decisions they make or else you get shown the door.

        And yet the Forum never banned it’s members when they said that “George Lucas raped my childhood” and crap worse than any badmouthing people have said to Disney.

        This is scary authoritarianism folks- truly representative of the fact that the era of GL is over (in some ways even more obvious than before).

    • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

      Well, sorry, but, nothing lasts forever.

      Also, u talk about authoritarianism over on the Forums. There’s worse stuff going on out in the real world than in the forums.

      Also, if you people think ranting #FreeRinzler to Disney and Bob Iger on their Twitter pages will make them allow him to talk again, you’re wasting time. It would take something massive to happen, a la the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korea to get all the secrets out, but, since Disney is careful not to upset or anger sensitive audiences, that won’t happen.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        *Eyeroll.* What a scold you are. There are more important things in the world than what I’m posting here yet here you are.

        First off, I started that hashtag and I’m not “ranting” to Disney or Bob Iger. I don’t even blame Disney in general (though some people do) and I’m almost certain Iger’s not involved. And make no mistake, this isn’t about “upsetting” or “angering” so-called sensitive audiences. It’s CYA; I know it when I see it.

        The old Lucasfilm let Dave Prowse, Gary Kurtz, and other people who worked on the OT talk all they wanted even though it was sometimes (or even often) critical and unflattering. Prowse eventually got banned from official events but he can still say whatever he wants on social media and in interviews. The new Lucasfilm doesn’t seem to want any behind-the-scenes peeks at all and will use draconian application of NDAs to shut people up. I don’t like that and neither do a lot of other fans.

        Last, I’m starting to suspect you’re a sock for an obnoxious user I’d banned from posting. If you’re the same person, your posting days are short.

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        Alright, sorry. I got too hot-headed. Ur right. It’s not cool that they’re keeping secrets from us. I came off too scold-like. And, they could be less secretive than this. But, still, at the same time, what can anyone do?

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        BTW, CYA means Catering Young Audiences. Is that right? Or is that a mistake for me to ashen that?

      • joe Says:

        it means cover your a**

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        Oh. I actually thought it meant Cater Young Audiences. Ok.

  4. Ben Quadinaros Says:

    I dont see blog #12 on the “cached” link, could anyone share it please ?

  5. Ruth O'Hare Says:

    Did anyone get #12, the cache I downloaded only runs to #11

  6. LadyJediScientist Says:

    It’s official- Rinzler confirmed today that he has removed the blog permanently & he is discontinuing it as well. If you enjoyed his Star Wars blog, be sure to let him know on Twitter @jwrinzler.
    Also, I made a PDF of his SW blog. DM me on twitter if you would like a copy. Just ask for SW blog.

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