- The Making of Star Wars (2007), NY Times bestseller
- The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (2010)
- The Making of Return of the Jedi (2013). Both ESB and ROTJ nominated for the 2014 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards
- All three titles are also available as enhanced eBooks, with about 60 minutes of exclusive video and audio extras in each book.
- Click on above for more info.
- The Making of Star Wars enhanced eBook was nominated as finalist for the 2014 Digital Book Awards.
"The Star Wars" graphic novel -- based on George Lucas's original rough draft from 1974.
Rec'd Diamond Gem Award as Best Licensed Comic for 2013
#1 New York Times Best-seller
Praise for The Making of Star Wars
“This book by J.W. Rinzler... wow. This is a book I’ve always wanted, but I never realized I was missing it until I started reading. Here... finally... is an impeccably written and researched look at the way it really happened, removed of all mythmaking, step by arduous step. He writes with a clear eye, and he knows how to tell the story. It’s engaging, detailed, very entertaining. This is, aside from its value to me as a piece of Star Wars history, a really well-written book, and that is almost unheard of in the behind-the-scenes publishing world.”
-– Ain’t It Cool News
“These books are the acid flashback they’ve been promising us without the mess and fuss of dropping acid . . . again. A trip worth taking.” — Carrie Fisher, actress/author
“More than just a promotional making-of book, Rinzler’s account seeks to strip away a lot of the mythology about the movie’s creation.” -- The Hollywood Reporter
“For anyone who has the Force with them, this awesomely nerdy tome is a gift from heaven.” –- The London Times
“Majestic… truly indispensable.” -– Total Film
“#1 on the Playlist.” -- Wired magazine
“A book like this simply blows everything else out of the water...”
-- Film Review
“Combining the access of an authorized account with the edge of great storytelling, the making of a 30-year-old movie has never felt more alive.”-- Empire magazine
“The Making of Star Wars is perhaps the most insightful account of what it’s really like to make this kind of movie. The untainted perspective from the pre-release interviews offered inspiration when I found myself in the uncertainty brought upon by the chaos of day-to-day filmmaking.” -- Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, Zathura, and Elf
“A mammoth tome so packed with photos and facts, a Wookiee could get a hernia trying to lift it.” -- New York Daily News
“Outstanding . . . Rinzler’s Making of will be an instant fan fave and a shining star in that galaxy far, far away….”
— Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
*Starred Review* “For Star Wars fans…, this book will seem heaven sent. Rinzler follows up his magnificent The Making of Star Wars (2007) with this in-depth account of the production of the second act in George Lucas' original three-act epic. Rinzler explores every aspect of the production, from the writing of the screenplay to casting to location filming to special effects to composing the score and designing print ads. A splendid, comprehensive, and utterly indispensable book. -- Booklist
“Immaculately presented. Unendingly fascinating.”--Shortlist
“Rinzler’s books sort of freak me out—because I feel when I’m reading them that I’m right back there!”
-- Robert Watts, Star Wars production supervisor
“Nothing less than electrifying, Star Wars history that must not be missed.”-- SFX Magazine
“Much like the movie itself, this is utterly essential.”-- Total Sci-Fi Online
Praise for The Making of Return of the Jedi:
“J. W. Rinzler’s trilogy is the high-water mark of ‘making-of’ books, and the Jedi edition is a joy…. It’s a trilogy finale to match its forebears.”
-- Empire magazine
“Just like Rinzler’s 2010 volume about The Empire Strikes Back, The Making of The Return of the Jedi is an indispensible volume that will add tons of insight to your appreciation of George Lucas’s Original Trilogy.”-- io9
“The last of the original Star Wars trilogy making-ofs is every bit as good as its predecessors. It’s a rich, lovingly assembled book. It’s so packed with rare behind-the-scenes photos and gorgeous concept art that it would be worth buying for the visuals alone. But it’s in the words that the real treasure lies.”--SFX Magazine, Five *****s
“The Force is certainly strong with this one.”-- SPORT Magazine
“One that you will keep on your coffee table with pride. This book is in honour of the 30th anniversary and is the wonderful creation of bestselling author J. W. Rinzler.”-- amazingstoriesmag.com
“Concluding Rinzler’s trio of books celebrating George Lucas’s Star Wars films is this ‘mother lode’ of revelations.”-- Bookseller
“Rinzler is one hell of a detective. Using a ton of interoffice memos, production notes, letters and more, including some obscure interviews published in the early 1980s, he has been able to once more collect an incredible amount of fly-on-the-wall material, bolstered by over 30 new interviews he did—including with folks named Hamill, Ford, Fisher and Lucas—to again give the definitive document on the making of an iconic piece of film history.-- IGN
Praise for Star Wars: The Blueprints
“As Yoda might put it: Forceful object, this is.”-- The New York Times
"Rinzler's writing ekes out glorious detail and a sense of the processes involved.”-- Empire magazine
“This stunning hardback proves an engrossing behind-the-scenes look at the creation of George Lucas’s sci-fi saga.”-- Home Cinema Choice
“This is the most extraordinary book I have ever seen about the phenomenon that is Star Wars... it is staggeringly beautiful... And this wonderful book is a glowing example, the very finest example of movie books, probably the very best book of its kind ever produced.”-- Books Monthly
VIDEOS, MINI-DOCS, SIZZLE PIECES, ETC.
- The first making-of book I wrote was Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
- Its last chapter was available only online.
- You can download it above.