A gloriously illustrated celebration of one of the most cherished movies ever made, this painstakingly researched tribute to a truly spectacular movie invites you to return to a galaxy … far, far away. Get up close to the action and feel like a studio insider with this exclusive behind the scenes look at one of the best-loved movies in history - a must-have for Star Wars fans and serious cinephiles alike. Brimming with previously unpublished photos, concept artwork, script excerpts, storyboards, on-set interviews and present-day commentary, The Making of Return of the Jedi chronicles how 'George Lucas and his crew of extroverted artists, misfits and expert craftspeople roused themselves to great heights for a third time' to create the next unforgettable chapter in one of the most beloved stories in movie history. Just as Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi completed the most successful cinematic trilogy of its generation, perhaps of all time, this splendid thirtieth-anniversary tribute concludes New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler’s trio of breathtaking books celebrating George Lucas’s classic saga. Once again, the author’s unprecedented access to the Lucasfilm Archives has yielded a mother lode of fascinating and often unexpected revelations from behind the scenes of a blockbuster in the making. Star Wars luminaries from both sides of the camera, including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alec Guinness, director Richard Marquand, producer Howard Kazanjian, Ralph McQuarrie, Joe Johnston, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and mastermind George Lucas, all weigh in with candid insights on everything from technical crises and character design, to the Ewoks and the ultimate challenge of bringing this phenomenal space fantasy to a dramatic close.
J. W. Rinzler is a former executive editor at Lucasfilm and the New York Times bestselling author of many Star Wars books, including The Making of Star Wars, the Star Wars Storyboards (Original Trilogy and Prequels), and The Sounds of Star Wars. He has also written for the Emmy award-winning animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He lives in Albion, California.