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"I was hired as the nonfiction editor, which, by LucasBooks' strange definition, also included all of DK's Star Wars books because they are not story driven (but they are)."
―Jonathan W. Rinzler[src]

Jonathan W. Rinzler was a former author and executive editor for Lucas Licensing's book division, LucasBooks.[1]

Biography[]

In 2005, Jonathan W. Rinzler was hired to write Star Wars books, beginning with two that were published on the same day,[source?] the art book The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith[2] and the real-world reference book The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith which offered behind-the-scenes looks at the 2005 prequel trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[3] He went on to write the Star Wars Insider supplements The Art of Revenge of the Sith that same year.[4] In 2007, he wrote and published The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film on April 24.[5]

Rinzler wrote additional Star Wars reference books in the 2010s, starting with The Sounds of Star Wars[6] and The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, both published in 2010.[7] Rinzler wrote and published Star Wars: The Blueprints in 2011[8] and The Making of Return of the Jedi in 2013.[9] Rinzler lobbied to be a writer for both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Underworld,[10] and ended up being credited as writer of the sixth season episodes "The Disappeared, Part I"[11] and "The Disappeared, Part II."[12] Following the announcement of the Star Wars canon reboot and creation of the Star Wars Legends brand in April 2014, a new edition of The Star Wars by Rinzler was published on May 7.[source?]

On December 2, 2017, in answering a fan question about whether he would publish new reference or guide books to cover the entire production of the sequel trilogy or the Star Wars Anthology Series films, Rinzler stated that it was better to ask Del Rey, J.J. Abrams or The Walt Disney Company about the matter, as he no longer worked at Lucasfilm Ltd.[13]

Star Wars works[]

Published works[]

Year Title Role Format Notes
2002 Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary Editor Reference book[14]
2002 Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Incredible Cross-Sections Editor Reference book[15]
2002 Mythmaking: Behind the Scenes of Attack of the Clones Editor Real-world reference book[16]
2005 The Cinema of George Lucas Editor Real-world reference book[17]
2005 Star Wars: Visionaries Introduction Graphic novel[18]
2005 The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Author Art book[2]
2005 The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith Author Real-world reference book[3]
2005 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary Senior editor Reference book[19]
2005 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections Senior editor Reference book[20]
2005 Galactic Crisis! Senior editor Young readers book[21]
2005 The Art of Revenge of the Sith Author Magazine supplement Published in Star Wars Insider 83,[4] 84,[22] and 85[23]
2005 Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars Senior editor Real-world reference book[24]
2005 Star Wars: Complete Locations Editor Reference book[25]
2006 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary Executive editor Reference book[26]
2007 Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections Executive editor Reference book[27]
2007 The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film Author Real-world reference book[5]
2008 The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Executive editor Real-world reference book[28]
2008 Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts Executive editor Real-world reference book[29]
2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia Executive editor Reference book[30]
2010 Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle Executive editor Real-world reference book[31]
2010 The Sounds of Star Wars Author Real-world reference book[6]
2010 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force Editor Reference book[32]
2010 Star Wars Art: Visions Introduction Art book[33]
2010 The Making of The Empire Strikes Back Author Real-world reference book[7]
2011 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Executive editor Reference book[34]
2011 Star Wars: The Blueprints Author Real-world reference book[8]
2012 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary Executive editor Reference book[35]
2012 Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side Executive editor Reference book[36]
2012 Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia Executive editor Reference book[37]
2013 Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy Executive editor Art book[38]
2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide Executive editor Reference book[39]
2013 The Star Wars Author Comic book mini-series[40]
2013 The Making of Return of the Jedi Author Reference book[9]
2014 Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy Executive editor Art book[41]
Cancelled The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Author Reference book[42]

Filmography[]

Year Title Role Format Notes
2014 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Disappeared, Part I" Writer Television[11]
2014 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Disappeared, Part II" Writer Television[12]

Bibliography[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Rinzler Family: Remembering Jonathan Rinzler (2021-08-04). berkeleyside.org. Archived from the original on August 4, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Making of Star Wars Revenge of the Sith
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Insider 83
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Sounds of Star Wars
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Making of The Empire Strikes Back
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: The Blueprints
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Making of Return of the Jedi
  10. Skywalker Ranch Stories with J.W. Rinzler (2020-08-21). Rebel Force Radio. rebelforceradio.com. Archived from the original on August 25, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Disappeared, Part I"
  12. 12.0 12.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Disappeared, Part II"
  13. TwitterLogo.svg Jonathan W. Rinzler (@jwrinzler) on Twitter: "Thanks for asking, but no longer at Lucasfilm am I..." (backup link)
  14. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary
  15. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Incredible Cross-Sections
  16. Mythmaking: Behind the Scenes of Attack of the Clones
  17. The Cinema of George Lucas
  18. Star Wars: Visionaries
  19. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
  20. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections
  21. Galactic Crisis!
  22. Star Wars Insider 84
  23. Star Wars Insider 85
  24. Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars
  25. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  26. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary
  27. Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections
  28. The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  29. Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts
  30. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
  31. Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle
  32. The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
  33. Star Wars Art: Visions
  34. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
  35. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
  36. Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
  37. Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
  38. Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy
  39. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode Guide
  40. The Star Wars
  41. Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
  42. The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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