The Complete Making Of Indiana Jones By J.W Rinzler

Carl is on hand with his recommendation of what to read whilst in lockdown

To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome literature to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its lesser-known gems, New York Times Best-Sellers, or just funs reads – we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.

The Complete Making Of Indiana Jones By J.W Rinzler

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J.W Rinzler is world-famous for his complete and quite extraordinary ‘Making Of’ books. There are making of books that are in-depth, some which don’t tell the reader that much but a Rinzler written one is guaranteed to blow the reader’s mind.  I own all of his ‘Star Wars‘ ones, the ‘Planet Of The Apes‘ edition, the ‘Alien‘ version that is a jewel in my library crown and I cannot wait to get my hands on his ‘Making Of Aliens‘ edition that is due for release this coming October. However, this recommendation will focus on the paperback edition of his ‘The Complete Making Of Indiana Jones‘ book. If you’re looking for the full behind the scenes access to the world of Indy, then this is the book for you. It is mind-blowing, chock full of everything you’ve ever wanted to know and with a preface by George Lucas and a foreword by Steven Spielberg, you cannot help but be amazed and pleased you forked out to buy it.


All four movies are covered in the book and include storyboard sequences, looks at the screenplays as they go through their various stages of creation, behind the scenes looks at some of the set pieces that have and continue to wow the world with their genius, everything. You cannot even come close to scratching the surface of the joy you will get as you turn the pages of the book. Some of the behind the scenes photographs have never been seen outside of the pages of the book and will bring a smile to the reader’s face. Pictures of Spielberg posing with some of the dummies that become characters in the film, like the Alfred Molina one from ‘Raiders‘ that replaced the actor when his character, Satipo met his fate at the end of a row of spikes and is seen in all its grisly glory in the film are present here. Alongside these are the teaser and theatrical posters for the films and even photographs of London’s now-departed Empire Cinema advertising ‘Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom‘ on its 1984 release in the UK. It is a real joy to behold and to read and see about.

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The hours that it will take to read through the book and digest its contents are some of the best you could hope for and will bring entertainment and knowledge to the reader. The book is available to buy online from many retailers and although it seems to be a bit pricey, it is worth every penny that you spend on it. It really is that good, it truly is that worthy and please take my advice and grab yourself a copy, sit back, read and allow the genius of J.W Rinzler amaze you for hours on end.

Take care, be safe, and look after each other.


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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!


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