Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
Ballantine Books, 2010
Like the previous book The Making of Star Wars, this book takes an in-depth look at the making of a film with new pressures. The success of "Star Wars" had many implications. Its financial success enabled George Lucas to retain more control as it was a proven commodity but no sequel had ever done as well as its predecessor so the entire operation was dicey. Lucas was drained from directing so he wanted someone else to direct but that also took away some of his control. Most of the cast and crew returned, eager to attempt to top themselves but also struggling with new technical demands.
I was most eager to find out about the script and the creation of Yoda, which is duly covered. For me, there was a bit too much of the technical side but that's my own lack of knowledge. I was able to just look at the pictures (so many!) and skim the text when it became too complicated for me.
Overall: This is another fine look at the Star Wars saga; I'm excited for the third book to come out in 2013 (they're being released on the 30th anniversary).