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New Interview Sheds More Light On Disney Kids Book Retelling Original Trilogy

Posted by Eric on May 14, 2014 at 08:03 PM CST

The Los Angeles Times interviewed The Spiderwick Chronicles author Tony DiTerlizzi about The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, which will be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide in October. In the interview, DiTerlizzi explains how he built the book around Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art, which did not cover every aspect of the films.

"He never painted either of the Death Stars blowing up, he never painted Obi-Wan and Darth Vader fighting with light sabers," DiTerlizzi said.

So in planning, he had to decide which parts of the story would be focused on the text and which would rely on the art.

"That's how a picture book is constructed," he said. "It's a symbiotic relationship.... But we had many conversations about how to handle the art. For instance, in the climax of Luke's battle with Darth Vader, McQuarrie painted Luke with both hands. Do we tweak that in Photoshop?"
Head over to the LA Times to read the full interview with DiTerlizzi.

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