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J.W Rinzler Returns With “The Making of Aliens”!

As one of many fantastic ways in which the 40th anniversary of Alien has been celebrated this year Titan Books published “The Making of Alien”, a fantastic deep dive into the journey that eventually brought Alien to the big screen. I loved it.

Much to my delight, J.W Rinzler is returning to bring that same behind-the-scenes thoroughness to the story of Aliens’ production! Birth.Movies.Death shared the following press release.

“Following on from the success of this year’s THE MAKING OF ALIEN, Titan Books is delighted to announce that J.W. Rinzler will turn his extraordinary ‘Making of’ eye on its sequel in THE MAKING OF ALIENS. 

As one of the most highly regarded movie sequels of all time, Aliens quickly embedded itself in the minds of cinemagoers around the world when it was released in 1986. Driven by the singular vision of director James Cameron and guided by producer Gale Ann Hurd, its relentless action and unforgettable characters helped cement its place as an undisputed classic of 1980s cinema. 

THE MAKING OF ALIENS tells the complete story of how Cameron and Hurd, together with their immensely talented cast and crew, brought heroine Ellen Ripley back to the big screen—and upped the stakes by introducing a whole army of aliens for her to face. Interviews with the cast and crew, alongside revealing photography and fascinating concept art, illustrate the film’s eventful journey from its beginnings as a sequel that nobody wanted to make through to its transformation into one of the highest-grossing blockbusters of the decade. “

 J.W Rinzler Returns With "The Making of Aliens"!

BMD also shared the following quote from Rinzler himself:

“After The Making of Alien, Fox asked if I’d write The Making of Aliens – and we were off. A great opportunity to write about one of the greatest sequels of all time – James Cameron’s follow up to The Terminator! – with the same level of brilliant collaboration and innovative filmmaking. The result: action-packed joy. Our book strives to be a reflection of their achievement.”

The Making of Aliens is currently scheduled for release on the 21st of April 2020, just a few days prior to next year’s Alien Day. The book is expected to retail for £35/$50. Thanks to Nightmare Asylum for the heads-up.

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  1. HuDaFuK
    I'm really itching to get both of these, but with the house move funds are tighter than a gnat's arsehole at the moment.

    Hopefully they won't go out of print any time soon and I can pick them up a little further down the line.
  2. Corporal Hicks
    And I finished this at the weekend! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Another winner from Rinzler as far as I'm concerned. My nitpicks are minor and very very few. Looking forward to sitting down to give it a proper write-up soon, but like Alien, if you're interested in the behind-the-scenes of the films, it's a must-buy.
  3. Mr. Clemens
    Rinzler's books are definitely a commitment, to get the full blow-by-blow feel of making the film. Not the kind of thing you'd read dribs and drabs of here and there. Hope you guys find the time!  :)
  4. Elmazalman
    Unwrapped my copy last night and leafed through it. Great book, and a worthy companion to the first volume.

    Only need to find the time to read it (along with ALIEN and the STAR WARS trilogy ‘making of’ books).
  5. Corporal Hicks
    The whole reason the Anthology Documentaries got started in the first place's because of Charles de Lauzirika's interest in doing a deep dive into Alien³ first of all, with him being happy enough to cover Aliens and Alien also to do it, but he's said in the past the reason the AR documentary's the way it is came out of a place of an absence of interest in comparison to the rest.

    I believe they also just ran out of time too.

    I'd take a Rinzler book for Resurrection, if purely for him digging up the Newt pitch.
  6. BlueMarsalis79
    The whole reason the Anthology Documentaries got started in the first place's because of Charles de Lauzirika's interest in doing a deep dive into Alien³ first of all, with him being happy enough to cover Aliens and Alien also to do it, but he's said in the past the reason the AR documentary's the way it is came out of a place of an absence of interest in comparison to the rest.
  7. HuDaFuK
    I'm won't lie, I'd buy the shit out of a book on the fourth film if they did it.

    Always said Resurrection's been disappointingly light on BTS stuff. Even Lauzirika's doc, excellent as it was, felt a bit wishy-washy compared to the other three.

    Maybe the shoot was just that smooth there's nothing interesting to tell :laugh:
  8. Corporal Hicks
    For the UKian's.


    Don't they look lovely together.

    D'you know what'd look lovelier?

    Alien 3 sat alongside.

    A-f**king-men.
  9. Elmazalman
    Got my copy yesterday morning. Haven’t opened it yet. Beautiful cover design. Love the purple.

    They do look very nice together.

    Wish the author would tackle some more classics: The Exorcist (1973) and The Shining (1980).
  10. Elmazalman
    What is this Fly book you guys keep talking about?

    You'll find the info here:  :)

    https://media.titanbooks.com/rights/guides/files/spring_2020_non_fiction_rights_guide_titan.pdf

    Thank bro.  Sounds interesting.

    I noticed the the Alien Illustrated story original art edition is listed there as available?  I thought that was long out of print.
    An excellent publication. I’m glad I have a copy. I have the standard Art Edition, without the Walter Simonson signature.

    Very interesting Walter Simonson interview is included (talking about seeing an early assembly cut in late ‘78), along with unused sample ALIEN artwork.
  11. Elmazalman
    Here's another good example even here. On the Predator: The Archive thread, a few people got excited over the upcoming Fly book:

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/index.php?topic=64093.0

    I'm betting there's a good chance Fly II would not elicit the same responses at the same frequency, i.e. less sales, regardless if it may have an interesting backstory. That is what I think Alien3 and Alien Resurrection is partially up against.

    You know, if the PREDATOR book only covered the first two Kevin Peter Hall films, I’d be interested.

    Looking forward to The Fly book. About time. There’s enough gruesome imagery in the film to make the book really special - nice ‘n’ juicy.
  12. BlueMarsalis79
    With Alien and Aliens being highly successful lighting in a bottle stories. In terms of a BTS story though Alien³ takes the cake, nothing comes close to it's infamous production troubles, except perhaps Dune.
  13. Voodoo Magic
    I'm betting there's a good chance Fly II would not elicit the same responses at the same frequency, i.e. less sales, regardless if it may have an interesting backstory. That is what I think Alien3 and Alien Resurrection is partially up against.

    You'll have to forgive me if this is talking out of my ass, but Alien 3 is notorious for its production troubles, making it "more" than just a poorly received film.

    Haha. Thanks a lot. All I can envision now is this!  :laugh:

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/fedbbb8fa9a56bf8bb5bde9b99e93279/tenor.gif

    Since I'm so close to these franchises, I try my best (sometimes unsuccessfully) to remove myself from the equation. I try to think of films I'm not a fan of... recent stuff like Ant-Man or Solo, films that I do not like and had production troubles including director resignations / firings, and would I be interested in investing money and time in such a book to read about the woes. At least personally, I lean to not when I'm not a fan of the movie.

    Then again, we're assuming this Alien3 book would even get into the nitty-gritty of the infighting. If David Fincher himself wrote it, then all bets are off!  ;D
  14. Corporal Hicks
    I'm betting there's a good chance Fly II would not elicit the same responses at the same frequency, i.e. less sales, regardless if it may have an interesting backstory. That is what I think Alien3 and Alien Resurrection is partially up against.

    You'll have to forgive me if this is talking out of my ass, but Alien 3 is notorious for its production troubles, making it "more" than just a poorly received film.

    Though I, ashamedly, have not yet broken into my copy of last year's The Making of Alien yet soooo... it might be a little bit of time before I give this one a go. :D

    Ha. I'm still slowly working my way through. I can beast through the novels and comics quite easily, but these ones take me longer to digest.
  15. SiL
    They could reasonably base projected sales on how well the other two did, and compare with how Alien-3 related merchandise does compared to the other films.

    I still feel their resistance wasn't purely financially motivated though.
  16. Voodoo Magic
    Yes, really invested, in the movie, but not necessarily the fandom itself. An example for me is Mad Max: Fury road. That film was so good to me I picked up the art book, I acquired all the prequel comics post release and the trade, but you won't find me in Mad Max communities or seeking out content on "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" because it wasnt the same joyous experience for me as Fury Road. A hardcore Mad Max fan would, but not me. I'm just into really good movies, I'm into moviemaking and learning how a great movie got made.  :)
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