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J.W Rinzler’s Comprehensive “The Making of Alien” Announced!

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Alien and to help celebrate 40 years of Alien, Titan Books is going to be publishing a new Making Of book! Announced via it’s writer J.W Rinzler on Twitter, it is being described as a massively comprehensive look at the making of the original masterpiece!

Comprehensive and definitive volume telling the complete story of how Alien was made, featuring new interviews with Ridley Scott and other production crew, and including many rarely-seen photos and illustrations from the Fox archives.

In 1979 a movie legend was born, as Twentieth Century-Fox and director Ridley Scott unleashed Alien and gave audiences around the world the scare of their lives.

To celebrate the movie’s fortieth anniversary, author J.W. Rinzler (The Making of Star Wars) tells the whole fascinating story of how Alien evolved from a simple idea in the mind of writer Dan O’Bannon into one of the most memorable sci-fi horror thrillers of all time.

With brand new interviews with Ridley Scott and other key members of the original production crew, and featuring many never-before-seen photographs and artworks from the archives, The Making of Alien is the definitive work on this masterpiece of popular cinema

 J.W Rinzler's Comprehensive "The Making of Alien" Announced!

Jonathan W. Rinzler is particularly well known for his behind-the-scenes books on the Star Wars films. Charles de Lauzirika, who as the producer of the Alien Quadrilogy, Alien Anthology and Prometheus boxsets is a man I credit as one of the most important figures when it comes to giving us a detailed look behind the scenes at the Alien films, praised the upcoming book saying that:

The Making of Alien is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (UK) for £44.99 and is expected to be released just before Alien Day 2019 on April 23rd. Thanks to Nightmare Asylum for the news.

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    I second Elmazalman above. From what I remember of Vault, I enjoyed it having a more personal feel to it, but in terms of the actual behind-the-scenes information Making Of just knocks everything else released out. It's by and far the most exhaustive released so far.
  2. The Old One
    I just hope we see the artificial planet one day, or a numerous amount of it turns out a great deal of worlds don't respond favourably to terraforming.
  3. Corporal Hicks
    Not seeing much discussion going on for this one. Anyone else been reading through? Any specific revelations?

    The red planet concept after the first draft referenced Petra as the design of the Alien homeworld, you can see this also in Alien Covenant. Most probably a nod to the developing original script.

    Yes! I thought of you when I read that. That was interesting connection.
  4. Elmazalman
    Not seeing much discussion going on for this one. Anyone else been reading through? Any specific revelations?
    There's an interesting bit of info I came across on my initial look. A breakaway prop computer terminal or wall (I've forgotten which one now) was constructed for Ian Holm/Ash to sink his fist into (see comic book & novelisation) - a demonstration of robot strength.

    Elmazalman will tell you to just buy several copies!
    I'm glad I did!
  5. Kane's other son
    Just got it but haven't found the time to read it over.
    It's definitely gorgeous and there are some fantastic large size reprints of concept art. Not much new photographic material. I hadn't seen the Elliot Scott concepts from '76, although I see now that they have been online.
    As far as the actual alien is concerned, I don't think there is anything new. Giger's alien is still the definitive text on the making of the monster.
  6. Prez
    I've had this book for a few weeks now. It's still unopened and in it's shrink wrap!

    Part of me desperately wants to read it ... another part of me is thinking keep this in mint condition!!

    Ah the collector's mindset. I should just read the damn thing ...  ;D
  7. TheBATMAN
    The shot of the Neomorph eating with its back to camera then turning to face David in Covenant seems to be directly lifted from sketches Scott did of the original xeno on Page 171.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    And done! So yeah, until Val comes out with his book, this is easily the best put together all around behind-the-scenes look at Alien. Put a lot of things into context I hadn't been sure on and there were plenty of specific details that I didn't know/hadn't stuck in my memory.

    Recommended! Will get an actual written review up in the next week or so.
  9. SiL
    Thats true.
    Okay, the same peopel who made that awful prometheus movie.
    And the next one.
    The merchandise and licensing folks don't make the movies.

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    Is that your opinion?
    I beg to differ.
    Considering they had absolutely nothing to do with the book, yes, it's misplaced. You might as well whine about Sony for all it has to do with this book.

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    And we'll need you to cite your sources regarding Kasdan's 'non-involvement' in TFA, as well.

    I never said that.
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    the same way they just stuck Kasdan's name on the script for a jj abrams star wars ripoff.
    Did they "just stick his name on it" or did he work on it?
  10. RobThom
    This had nothing to do with Disney. Rinzler was doing final checks on the book when Disney was finalising the purchase of Fox.

    Thats true.
    Okay, the same peopel who made that awful prometheus movie.
    And the next one.

    Grabbed Rinzler from the disney owned Star Wars connection,
    lindelof from jj abrams...

    Now they're just under the same corporate umbrella.


    ... but the Disney rage is grossly misplaced.

    Is that your opinion?
    I beg to differ.

    And we'll need you to cite your sources regarding Kasdan's 'non-involvement' in TFA, as well.

    I never said that.

    So you'll get what you need.
    Nothing.
  11. SiL

    This had nothing to do with Disney. Rinzler was doing final checks on the book when Disney was finalising the purchase of Fox.

    He did this work for hire, yes, but the Disney rage is grossly misplaced.
  12. RobThom
    Rinzler is good.
    He seems like a smart and honest guy from the way he talks in interviews and the work that he's done.

    And this book is WELL worth the 35 buck I got it for pre-order.
    I think it might be 35 bucks worth of good heavy paper.

    Its heavy.
    Well made.

    But he said himself that this was more of a contract for hire job.
    It wasn't that same kind of thing he did through his close association with Lucasfilm for the Star Wars books.

    In fact, as skeevy neu-disney is wont to do,
    they're probably just exploiting his name value rfom the Star Wars books to stick his name on an Alien book,
    the same way they just stuck Kasdan's name on the script for a jj abrams star wars ripoff.

    The point being that this book is well assembled physically,
    good stuff in it becasue he got access to everything,
    but it wasn't the LABOR OF SUPER LOVE that an Alien superfan like Val will do.

    You can see that he respects the movie,
    theres no callousness or disrespect to it,
    ...like a jj abrams...
    but you can see and feel how it was a contract job when your reading it.

    Well done, but a contract job.
  13. HuDaFuK
    Tbh I've not really read any of the scripts fro the first movie. Or in fact any of the shooting scripts for any of the films other than Resurrection (can't remember what compelled me to give that one a look).

    Mostly I hate reading scripts. Dunno why but the format grates with me. I'd be a shit Hollywood agent.
  14. Corporal Hicks
    Nah, I think it's pretty straight forward about it. It talks about the red city as the second one that Hill rewrote to hand to Fox, then the red cylinder one as the one both Hill and Giler wrote next and was given to Scott. I don't think either are really that well known.
  15. Corporal Hicks
    Read a couple more chapters before bed last night and still thoroughly enjoying. I think there's some details in here that are going to surprise a good few folk. It's helped me figure out that the red cylinder draft is actually the third one for the film. Never been able to place it before.
  16. Elmazalman
    Still, it’s a very good read. A couple of interesting details I’ve discovered from a quick perusal:

    On page 248: Production unit stills for the attack on Lambert & Parker, reveal an interesting detail - Ripley’s face can be clearly seen in the jet of steam, as she finds the remains of Parker & Lambert.
    I didn’t know Sigourney Weaver was involved in this shot.

    On page 267: The total amount of filmed footage for ALIEN, was 163 hours and 22 minutes. I wonder how much of this still exists nearly 41-years later?
  17. Elmazalman
    Got mine the other day.

    Definitely some pictures I've never seen of the production. Pretty sure I've never seen the set floor plans this clearly either, which are really interesting to see.
    Opened up my copy and looked through it.
    Concerning the book's illustrations; a sizeable portion of the production stills (as you correctly guessed) are familiar to anyone owning the DVD / BD sets. An abundance of artwork and storyboards / Ridleygrams, splashed across double pages (feels a little like filler), whilst rare and previously unseen production stills and continuity polaroids (new ones not included in the DVD / BD sets) are presented (very frustratingly) in micro size.   

     
  18. SiL
    Got mine the other day.

    Definitely some pictures I've never seen of the production. Pretty sure I've never seen the set floor plans this clearly either, which are really interesting to see.
  19. Corporal Hicks
    My copy arrived yesterday and I read the first 40 pages or so. It's pretty good so far. It's fairly detailed (but not as much as our home boy Val), setting up the story going into the production of who these people really were and where they were at this point in their life. No punches pulled so far.
  20. Prez
    Update: Grovelling apology from Booktopia stating their distributor miscalculated stock levels. They've offered to express ship for free once it's available again but have no ETA on when that might be.

    I appreciated their offer and decided to be patient about this.
    I’m not nearly as forgiving as you. I cancelled my pre-order and received a full refund. That was the first - and last time I will do business with them.

    The good news is, I just received my first copy, not five minutes ago and I’m very happy! ;D I won’t open it just yet, as I’ll wait for the other two I pre-ordered to turn up. The one in the least condition will be freed from its shrink wrapping and become my (well-worn) reading copy. The other two will join my beloved collection.

    Nice one mate :-)


    Glad to hear they are going to do their best to make it right.

    Finger's crossed :-)
  21. Elmazalman
    Update: Grovelling apology from Booktopia stating their distributor miscalculated stock levels. They've offered to express ship for free once it's available again but have no ETA on when that might be.

    I appreciated their offer and decided to be patient about this.
    I’m not nearly as forgiving as you. I cancelled my pre-order and received a full refund. That was the first - and last time I will do business with them.

    The good news is, I just received my first copy, not five minutes ago and I’m very happy! ;D I won’t open it just yet, as I’ll wait for the other two I pre-ordered to turn up. The one in the least condition will be freed from its shrink wrapping and become my (well-worn) reading copy. The other two will join my beloved collection.
  22. Prez
    Update: Grovelling apology from Booktopia stating their distributor miscalculated stock levels. They've offered to express ship for free once it's available again but have no ETA on when that might be.

    I appreciated their offer and decided to be patient about this.
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