You might not immediately recognize Drew Struzan’s name, but you’ll definitely know him from his work. The celebrated poster artist has done work on everything from Indiana Jones and Back to the Future to Harry Potter over the course of his decades spanning career. But none of his work is as iconic as his posters for all six Star Wars films. And according to a new rumor, he may be doing some more.
Struzan is “retired” but he still does work from time to time, and with Star Wars: Episode VII in production fans have been wondering if he would do a poster for the film. Last we heard, Disney inquired about Struzan’s services in January of last year. But the artist didn’t sound to keen on taking the gig:
“I got a couple calls already this week on ‘Star Wars’ from Disney. Oh my god, I’m trying to be retired! 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,” he continued. “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.”
Now according to SchmoesKnow, it may be looking more possible. They report that not only has Abrams asked Struzan to do a new poster, but the artist is indeed interested. This would make tons of sense as we know Abrams is trying to establish a tone similar to the original trilogy. Poster done in Struzan’s style, instead of the photoshop messes of today, would go a long way in proving to fans that Abrams is returning Star Wars to the old ways.