Saturday was certainly the busiest day at Celebration Europe if you were intending to visit different panels. I’ve known Gerald Home (Tessek, a Mon Calamari Officer) for many years and he said that Return of the Jedi Creature History was going to be a panel that I would enjoy — knowing I’m a fan of trivia and uncovering the smallest details from the movies. I had been able to speak to Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo after the Holocron panel, and Pablo also said I was really going to enjoy it. So I couldn’t wait.
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The making of The Return of Return of the Jedi: 30 Years and Counting was a whirlwind experience to say the least.
Geoff Boucher of Entertainment Weekly rang me up in early spring to inform me of his plans to celebrate Return of the Jedi with a series of special screenings on May the 4th in conjunction with Lucasfilm. He asked me if I had interest in making something that could play before the main event to honor Jedi turning 30. I desperately wanted to help out but was deep in planning on my next feature film and it didn’t look likely. But two weeks before the screening the stars aligned and a window presented itself. Thankfully Geoff was still in need of an opening act for his Star Wars extravaganza.
This installment’s hunt for answers wasn’t sparked by any long-burning question. It probably won’t turn your world upside-down like the Max and Wedge posts did. But if I were the kind of guy who really enjoyed photo-supported Star Wars esoterica (and I am), I’d be all over this (and I am). I stumbled upon this latest discovery while researching the Max Rebo entry. For years now, there was a reference photo in our image archives that had been labeled a Rebel commando. Based on that keyword, this reference photo saw print in a couple of sources like, until a few weeks ago, StarWars.com. But as soon as I learned that this is not a Rebel commando, I had them pull it.
This would be the fifth or sixth time I’d be asking George about the making of one of his films. In this case, we’d be talking about The Making of Return of the Jedi. The first official interview was back in 2004 for a book on The Making of Revenge of the Sith. Then we went back in time to Star Wars, the Indiana Jones films, and Empire, for their respective books. For each I always bring lots of backup: extra batteries, a second recorder, notes, laptop (optional)… and of course the questions. (The last thing I want to be doing is scribbling frantically—though that’s what I had to do on set, as it wasn’t practical otherwise.)
Check out this fan-made rendition of Return of the Jedi in pixels!
Artist/photographer Stephen Hayford sends us two fantastic action figure diorama photos commemorating this month’s release of the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray collection, which includes clips from several cut scenes, including the infamous Tatooine sandstorm sequence that was to follow the heroes’ escape from Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
Hayford also sends a nod to Lucas’ penchant for never tossing out an idea that might be used later…
Click the images for expanded views and be sure to check out Hayford’s previous Star Wars-inspired dioramas on the main site here!
Never heard of the cut sandstorm scene from Jedi? Get a video preview of it here.