And now that we’ve all had a chance to take the movie in, the behind-the-scenes stuff has started flowing in… There are several Rian Johnson interviews out and about, with the best perhaps being at the Los Angeles Times. There he talks about introducing new Force powers, Rey and Kylo, and the whole purpose of the shirtless scene. Also: Business Insider, a Variety podcast and The Director’s Cut podcast.
Fantha Tracks reports that the business name for producing Episode IX is Carbonado Industries (UK) Ltd. The working title of the film will be Black Diamond, they say. (Both terms refer to the same substance.)
The article also contains a short history of the recent production companies and working titles, many of which were uncovered by the same folks when they were with Jedi News.
Now that The Last Jedi is officially out and about, the crew and cast can address some of the choices made in the film. Entertainment Weekly has the details from a post-screening Q&A at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
We may not get an extensive behind-the-scenes book on the making of any of the new Star Wars movies for decades, if at all, but at least we’ll get something for The Last Jedi: Writer/director Rian Johnson told /Film that Lucasfilm is planning to release a book of his great black-and-white set photos. And you know what? I’ll take it. Johnson’s photos have been one of my favorite parts of the runup to the movie.
Books detailing the making of The Force Awakens and Rogue One were planned and scheduled and perhaps even (partially?) written, but never saw the light of day. A photo book might not give all the juicy details, but it’s certainly better than nothing – and aren’t the photos usually the best parts, anyway?