Back in July, it was our great honor to showcase a number of images from Titan Books' The Making of Alien, by J.W. Rinzler. That book - an incredibly detailed deep dive into every facet of the making of Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic - was an absolute must-own for Alien fans, and left some of us wondering if Rinzler might return to produce a follow-up focused on James Cameron's 1986 sequel.
Well, guess what?
"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. This stunning hardback coffee table book will be published on April 21 2020, priced at $50 and £35."
And here's a word 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."
Unfortunately, we don't have any images from The Making of Aliens to share with you today, but rest assured we will be back at some point in the future with those! In the meantime, I'll take this opportunity to again recommend Rinzler's The Making of Alien, the quality and detail of which really cannot be overstated. Pick that up for yourself (or the Alien enthusiast in your life) for Christmas, and stay tuned for more on The Making of Aliens as further updates roll in!