- Imprint: Abrams Books
- Publication Date: May 13, 2014
- Price: $40.00
- Trim Size: 9 x 11 7⁄8
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-0774-2
- EAN: 9781419707742
- Page Count: 352
- Illustrations: 1200 4-color illustrations
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World English
For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy—the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi—as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.
From the opening chase above Tatooine in A New Hope to the Battle of Endor in Jedi, this book presents the visual inspiration behind now-iconic moments. Readers can finally see a full set of storyboards by legendary artist Joe Johnston, as well as early boards for Episode IV by Alex Tavoularis and for Episode V by Ivor Beddoes, rarely seen Episode VI boards by Roy Carnon, and Ralph McQuarrie's never-before-seen storyboards for Episode V.
“Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy shows just how much pre-planning went into the original iconic trilogy.”— The Week Magazine online
“Star Wars fans, take note . . . the book offers a glimpse into the detailed planning and rounds of story revisions that went into the original films.”— Parade Online
"Star Wars fans, rejoice — today is the big day that Lucasfilm opens up the archives and bestows upon you Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy."— Flavorwire
"The book contains fantastic insight into how the films' stories and characters were conceived…"— Esquire.com
"Nerd out over how Star Wars might have been."— Wired
"Every Star Wars fan should get this Star Wars Storyboards book."— Gizmodo
About the author
J. W. Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd., is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Making of Star Wars and The Making of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. He lives in Petaluma, California. Joe Johnston served as a storyboard and concept artist on the original Star Wars trilogy. He has since directed The Rocketeer, Jumanji, and Captain America: The First Avenger. He lives in Los Angeles. Nilo Rodis-Jamero served as the assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and as costume designer for Return of the Jedi.