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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. Voodoo Magic
    Back in the day, Yahoo Serious was touted as Australia's greatest export, ahead of copper and even koala bears.

    Yep.  Back in 1989, it was marketed in the US as being a such a huge hit in Australia that it could even be the next big thing here too.

    Yep, but one look at Yahoo and Americans were like....
  2. Voodoo Magic
    Which, of course, raises the question of what an Australian without an Australian accent actually sounds like.  Fred Astaire?

    Surely an Australian without an Australian accent sounds like Lord Humungus?

    I've been on the AvPG podcast. I'll read the shit out of Val's stuff.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    Is my reluctance to talk into a microphone a running gag now?  :laugh: If that ever happened I'd want SM and SiL to read it, alternating paragraphs.

    Do you think we could tell them appart?  :D

    I've been on the AvPG podcast. I'll read the shit out of Val's stuff.

    I listened to that!

    SiL claims he doesn't sound Australian though.  Which, of course, raises the question of what an Australian without an Australian accent actually sounds like.  Fred Astaire?

    I don't recall him sounding Australian... and I personally read his posts in an Austrian voice... but ultimately, he sounded like neither! ;D
  4. Prez
    All you Australian buyers. Managed to nab this for a bargain $59 from (even with Free Shipping if you come via That's a steal considering Book Depository were charging $151!!!
  5. XenoHunter99
    I want to see the book. More is better, though it's hard to see where this book is going to add *that* much to the discussion. We've had so many books and so many "making of" videos already. Ridley will be current Ridley on the matter, not the same man who made the movie nearly 40 years ago. O'Bannon and Giger are permanently unavailable. The Alien Makers series has already revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes material. I doubt it will be "definitive." And yet, who knows? It could be grand!  ;D
  6. The Eighth Passenger
    At first I was like, “Wasn’t Alien Vault supposed to be definitive?” but then I read that endorsement from Lauzirika and took notice. Sounds awesome!

    We won't get the definitive read until this book comes out:

    Pfft... Valaquen's book is going to be the definitive read. He just needs to learn to speak English so he can interview Riddles and the VFX guys.  :P
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