I've read the Piller manuscript and it really does indicate that Patrick Stewart's input (coupled with what producer Rick Berman wrongly anticipated would be Stewart's response) did a lot to sink INSURRECTION.
It wasn't very critical of anyone, but I guess in the age of offend nobody, it was not going to fly. I mean, look at RETURN TO TOMORROW, over 35 years after TMP came out and he still couldn't get Par to provide images w/o cutting the manuscript to suit them, which he wouldn't do. And RtT wasn't a muckraking book, just honest.
One thing corporations seem to avoid these days is any little criticism, even constructive or enlightening. It's as if they feel that there isn't a market for people to read about how difficult films are to make.
The Rinzler bit even point out how Lucasfilm and JJ didn't want to talk about Harrison's injury on the set of TFA or the difficult writing process behind the film or anything interesting at all. I guess they would rather have video interviews with gauzy, hazy footage of all the crews talking about how wonderful everything is.
Even vfx interviews now are so damn canned it's very disappointing. I can figure out most of the answers before I even read them. "Working with this director was great!" or "The 10 weeks we had to create 500 shots while working around the clock was fantastic!" Come on!
So much in our culture now has to, must be, affirmational. It cannot be difficult or display any adversity, challenges, or difficulties.
I'm going to buy that Trek book. Frankly, I would rather read a candid discussion about the making of a film than a book full of great pictures but a muddling narrative.
edit: Ordered RTT from the publisher, Creature Features(hehe!) Should be here next week.
Lucasfilm, please listen to your fans. There is a market for these kind of books.