Former Lucasfilm writer J.W. Rinzler, author of many Star Wars “Making of” books, once had a blog talking about the behind-the-scenes drama at Lucasfilm during the Disney acquisition.
That blog was titled “The Rise and Fall of Star Wars.”
That blog has since been taken down by request (demand?) of Disney, and Rinzler had a “Making of” book canceled by the Mouse — The Making of The Force Awakens.
The book was apparently cancelled because the various conflicts in making the movie wasn’t “magical” enough for Disney.
Rinzler recently appeared as a guest on the Force Material podcast, where he said he’d love to write a tell all book about his time at Lucasfilm, but NDAs apparently bar him from doing that.
Rinzler spent quite a good deal of time around George Lucas himself and muses about how different the company has become under Disney’s corporate ownership.
It’s a difference that many longtime Star Wars fans feel in their bones, as the franchise has inarguably declined in popularity and profitability under Disney’s watch.
“I was kind of cautiously optimistic, that Disney could be a really interesting place to work,” said Rinzler. “But it was basically… I felt very sad. We went to this big meeting, the whole company, and George was on the stage, and it was clearly the end of an era.”
Rinzler goes on to talk about how Lucasfilm was slowly worked into the Disney machine, and alluded that the the Disney Star Wars Sequel Trilogy was designed by committee and suffered for it. He said he’d only watched The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but had no interest in watching any more because it clearly wasn’t George’s story anymore.
Star Wars had become part of the Hollywood machine that George Lucas despised so much.
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