If you’re going to make a Star Wars movie, there’s a few things that you have to include. Lightsabers that make that VMMMMMM sound. Characters expressing their bad sense feelings. Yoda being verbally dyslexic. But above all else, you need a brand spankin’ new poster from the legend himself, Drew Struzan, for your new Star Wars experience.
The poster artist who designed the original trilogy of A1 cinematic sheets, and then returned for a second tour of duty with the prequel trilogy, has been approached to lend his creatove talents to a new set of posters for the now Disney-owned Star Wars brand. Y’know, despite the fact that he happens to be retired right now.
“Oh my god, I’m trying to be retired!” Struzan said to Fanhattan. “You know, I spent 35 years painting ‘Star Wars’. I painted ‘Star Wars’ before most of you were born!”
But I guess there is always a chance. There’s no intention. But I would love to have a day off every now and again, and I have to work a weekend and all through the night. If the opportunity arises, it will be a real temptation. But it’s going to have to be a real temptation to get me away from my wife and my little grandkids and my family. Away from the green trees and the blue skies for a change instead of just locked in the studio. But, you know, never say never. All things are possible.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Struzan and his artistic genius. The man can make even the most mundane movie amazing thanks to his promotional painting wizardry and he’s just as important to Star Wars as Darth Vader is to leather fetishists.
Star Wars Episode VII still needs to find a director, but it is scheduled to release in 2015. And I’m hoping that the cinema that I watch it at has a piece of Struzan art attached to the right hall number.