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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 eyes 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. “

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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. Mr. Clemens
    By all accounts it was a reasonably happy shoot

    Aside from the male lead that got busted for possession a couple of weeks into filming, the cinematographer that got fired during filming because he and Cameron didn't get along, Cameron's issues with the British film crew and the subsequent crew walkouts, the brakes failing on the APC, the roof of the APC collapsing, some of the cast almost suffocating, James Horner's conflict with Cameron and the troubled creation of the film's score...

    Damn, I forgot about all those! Maybe I do need to buy the book.  :D
  2. The Eighth Passenger
    Now I'm kind of picturing a jovial and plump tea-lady walking up to Cameron in the midst of a difficult and complex take and asking him if he would like some "Earl Grey and sticky buns, lovey".

    Come to think of it, didn't someone spike Cameron's drink with PCP or LSD on Titanic? Maybe they figured he needed to loosen-up a bit?
  3. The Eighth Passenger
    I think they should put Fincher in dark room, strap his hands and legs and finally make him watch Assembly's Cut so he can finally admit what a masterpiece he did

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    But Fincher had nothing to do with the Assembly Cut.
     

    By all accounts it was a reasonably happy shoot

    Aside from the male lead that got busted for possession a couple of weeks into filming, the cinematographer that got fired during filming because he and Cameron didn't get along, Cameron's issues with the British film crew and the subsequent crew walkouts, the brakes failing on the APC, the roof of the APC collapsing, some of the cast almost suffocating, James Horner's conflict with Cameron and the troubled creation of the film's score...

  4. Mr. Clemens
    Yeah, 'Superior Firepower' pretty much scratches my Aliens itch. By all accounts it was a reasonably happy shoot (for the crew, if not for Cameron and Hurd), and everyone seemed pleased and more than happy to talk about it.

    Not so for Alien3, and there's lots of people we never heard from. Maybe time will have loosened some lips a bit, a la Ralph Brown's wonderful set diaries that popped up a while back...
  5. HuDaFuK
    I'm hugely excited for his book on Aliens.

    I just think the first two films have already been documented in pretty exhaustive detail, way before Rinzler ever got involved. I get the feeling that, as much as has been said about the making of the third movie, there's definitely more to know, and a seriously in-depth look could be incredibly interesting, especially given that its production was by far the biggest shitshow in the series.

    I'd also shit kittens if he went on to complete the series and do Resurrection, because even Lauzirika's excellent documentary doesn't honestly tell you that much about its making.
  6. Voodoo Magic
    I think they should put Fincher in dark room, strap his hands and legs and finally make him watch Assembly's Cut so he can finally admit what a masterpiece he did

    https://cdn1-www.mandatory.com/assets/uploads/2014/08/file_1053469_MENS_Frozen_01_clockwork-orange_Photofest_clockwork_fr_1920b.jpg

    That word again...

    Did you just call Alien3.... a "masterpiece"???

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  7. The Eighth Passenger
    Ah thanks, was trying to remember where I read that anecdote. Apparently he went outside to call the office/studio and ask them whether he should ask Fincher over for the screening.

    Anyway, the story continues which clears up your previous question:

    Quote from: Charles de Lauzirika
    Then, about a week later, Fincher actually called my office. Mark Romanek [who directed One Hour Photo – another DVD Lauzirika produced] had talked to him about me, and put in the good word… which, coming from Romanek, is a major deal to me. I mean, I worship both of these guys. Mark gave Fincher my number, which was incredibly nice of Mark to do. Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the office when Fincher called. But he left this really cryptic voicemail: ‘Yeah, Mark Romanek told me to call you about Alien 3…’ and about halfway through the message, he just kind of drifted off. It was almost like he lost the heart to even talk about Alien 3 right then in the middle of this message he was leaving me. We played phone tag for a while and never actually spoke directly.
  8. The Eighth Passenger
    Interesting that he claims not to know anything about the extended version - din't Lauzirika say he corresponded with him a couple of times over email while putting it together?

    Can't recall if they ever corresponded directly. All I have is this from an interview the Corporal conducted with him several years ago:

    Quote from: Charles de Lauzirika
    Fincher gave us his blessing to go ahead and do whatever we wanted. https://www.avpgalaxy.net/website/interviews/charles-de-lauzirika/

    Charles did mention an interesting anecdote a few years ago. He was on his way to the premiere of the Alien 3 Assembly Cut when he popped into a take-away restaurant for some pizza or something. And who should he see sitting at one of the tables? David Fincher himself. So Charles went outside in order to summon up enough courage to ask Fincher whether he would like to attend the premiere. But unfortunately when Charles finally got the courage, Fincher had already left.





  9. HuDaFuK
    Interesting that he claims not to know anything about the extended version - din't Lauzirika say he corresponded with him a couple of times over email while putting it together?
  10. AVP-CAPCOM
    It would be great if a third book for Alien3 was eventually made and David Fincher was involved in discussions for the project.

    I doubt it, David Fincher disowned the movie. The BFI 2009 transcript of him questioned is revealing. He basically said everything he tried to contribute was ignored by 20th Century Fox and he was fired three times making it.  :D

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/feb/03/david-fincher-interview-transcript

    From the article. MS is Mark Salisbury (interviewer) DF is David Fincher.

    MS: But there's this fantastic quote that I found, where you said of Alien 3 that "a lot of people hated Alien 3, but no one hated it more than I did."

    DF: I had to work on it for two years, got fired off it three times and I had to fight for every single thing. No one hated it more than me; to this day, no one hates it more than me.

    MS: At the risk of opening old wounds, what did you take from that experience that has subsequently helped you in your Hollywood career?

    DF: It was a baptism by fire. I was very naive. For a number of years, I'd been around the kind of people who financed movies and the kind of people who are there to make the deals for movies. But I'd always had this naive idea that everybody wants to make movies as good as they can be, which is stupid. [audience laughs] So I learned on this movie that nobody really knows, so therefore no one has to care, so it's always going to be your fault. I'd always thought, "Well, surely you don't want to have the Twentieth Century Fox logo over a shitty movie." And they were like, "Well, as long as it opens." So I learned then just to be a belligerent asshole, which was really: "You have to get what you need to get out of it." You have to fight for things you believe in, and you have to be smart about how you position it so that you don't just become white noise. On that movie, I was the guy who was constantly the voice of "We need to do this better, we need to do this, this doesn't make sense". And pretty soon, it was like in Peanuts: WOP WOP WOP WOP WOP! They'd go, "He's doing that again, he's frothing at the mouth, he seems so passionate." They didn't care.

    MS: Have you grown to like it since then, Alien 3?

    DF: God, no! [audience laughs] But I don't look at anything after it's done.

    MS: So that alternate cut on the DVD special edition whatever it is – that's not yours?

    DF: I don't know who did it, I've never seen it, I can't comment on it.
  11. AVP-CAPCOM
    I wish authentic Aliens products would stop using that cheap imitation Aliens font.  That letter “S” looks nothing like it does in the film intro.

    It looks exactly like the film's poster font though?

    https://www.mauvais-genres.com/23834/aliens-original-recalled-movie-poster-27x40-in-1986-james-cameron-sigourney-weaver.jpg

    As for the book, unless there are more unseen photos outside of the general Acton Lane Power Station shoot or Leicester Square premier, the book won't disclose anything we haven't seen before.

    I'd love some images of the prop team scouting for old aircraft parts for the APC and Dropship or other film crew photos but I doubt it.
  12. felix
    Description of the Book.

    "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."
  13. Mr. Clemens
    I'm torn. I'd give this book a miss (I love Aliens but it's just not special to me the way that Alien is), but if a potential Alien3 book is contingent on the sales of this one, then I might take the plunge...
  14. HuDaFuK
    F*ck it, I'd be down for books about the less successful movies, if only because they tend to be comparatively bereft of BTS information. AVP may not even come close to being in the same league as the early films, but it's Alien and I'd still love to know all about how it was put together.
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