Preview: The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Preview - Essential Companion

The Making of Star Wars Return of the Jedi CoverJ.W. Rinzler, author of The Making of Star Wars and The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, completes his series of behind the scenes looks at the Original Trilogy with the release of The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi on October 1st. Rinzler was able to dig deeply into the Lucasfilm Archives to bring as much new information about the making of the film to us as possible. The new book clocks in at 372 pages, full of interviews both past and present, script excerpts, and over 500 images, many of which have never been published.

You can take a look at some of these images below.

George Lucas and Richard Marquand on the Emperor's throne room set at Elstree during principal photography.

George Lucas and Richard Marquand on the Emperor’s throne room set at Elstree during principal photography.

Phil Tippett and Stewart Freeborn pose before their joint collaboration: a fantastic menagerie of wonderful monsters.

Phil Tippett and Stewart Freeborn pose before their joint collaboration: a fantastic menagerie of wonderful monsters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrison Ford in-between setups chatting with George Lucas.

Harrison Ford in-between setups chatting with George Lucas.

Ewoks seize the clapperboard on May 17, 1982, during second unit work near Crescent City.

Ewoks seize the clapperboard on May 17, 1982, during second unit work near Crescent City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) on location in California's Buttercup Valley aboard Jabba's barge, April 1982.

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) on location in California’s Buttercup Valley aboard Jabba’s barge, April 1982.

All images © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

About the Author

Brian joined EUCantina in 2012 as a news reporter. He saw the Original Trilogy when he was so young that he can’t even remember the first time he saw them. His earliest EU memory is listening to audio books of the Jedi Academy trilogy with his family, and since then he has gotten his hands on as much EU material as he can, loving the novels, comics and video games.