J.W. Rinzler Unveils The Star Wars Storyboards Cover, And Star Wars Bloopers Meet The Original Trailer

By Rudie Obias | 8 years ago

Star Wars StoryboardsThroughout the years, Star Wars author J.W. Rinzler has released amazing behind-the-scenes looks at the original Star Wars trilogy. Starting in 2007 with the release of The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film for LucasBooks, Rinzler (and George Lucas) remains the authority on how the Star Wars movies moved from the page to the big screen. Recently, Rinzler released the final behind-the-scenes book in the original trilogy with “The Making of Return of the Jedi.” Now the author is embarking on a new journey in the Star Wars universe.

Rinzler tweeted the cover art of his new upcoming book Star Wars – Storyboard: The Original Trilogy. The book doesn’t come out until May 2014, but Rinzler teased the book’s cover for fans. Abrams Books will realsease the book, and not it’s not that Abrams. Read the official synopsis below:

For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy—the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.

From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie’s never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.

Director Joe Johnston will write the forward of the new book, which should provide insight on the films’ production. Johnston was one of the key figures on the making of the entire original trilogy as the productions’ concept artist and effects technician. Famously, he was responsible for creating fan-favorite Boba Fett. Now Johnston is a working director in Hollywood with a few big movies under his belt such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Rinzler has released other Star Wars books that take a look at the Saga’s concept art, sound design, costume design, and architecture. He has unprecedented access to the entire Lucasfilm archive. Not only does Rinzler author books on the original trilogy, but also the prequel trilogy with The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy. It’ll be interesting to see if the author has similar access to J.J. Abrams and Episode VII’s production to catalog and archive the entire process.

Star Wars – Storyboard: The Original Trilogy is available for pre-order at amazon.com, while the book won’t be available for purchase until May 13, 2014.

Meanwhile, a clever YouTube user re-mix the recently found Star Wars blooper reel with the film’s original film trailer. A few weeks ago, the once-lost footage from the original film was posted on Reddit, and gave fans of the series a new look at an old movie. While the outtakes were short, Slacktory intercut the footage into Star Wars’ first trailer. The result is almost seamless, while at the same time bright and sharp. Take a look and compare the new trailer with the original below:

Slacktory’s remix: