Drew Struzan has been making iconic Star Wars posters since George Lucas’ original trilogy, and with a new batch of films in the works, it looked like they might pull him out of retirement for some new promo projects. Sadly, it looks like that won’t be the case.
The rumors got started when Struzan did an interview stating that Disney had reached out to him, but he said he was trying his best to stay retired. The artist recently took to his Facebook page to clarify—he was talking about some friends reaching out, not an official query from Disney.
He hasn’t gotten an offer, and doesn’t expect to hear anything:
“Misunderstood… A couple of friends at Disney were fantasizing about the new STAR WARS movies. ‘Disney’ has said nothing to me and I expect nothing. That a couple of friends were wishing is only an expression of the hope that many are sharing but says nothing regarding the Studio itself. Even if ‘they’ did ask, which Disney has not, I’d rather leave the new films to the next generation to interpret. I’ve had my time and they were exceptional blessings for which I will forever be grateful. Tomorrow is a new day…drew”
Sad to hear that Disney apparently isn’t too keen to bring Struzan back into the fold, because the guy played a big part in setting out the “look” of the original Star Wars trilogy. But with genre hotshot J.J. Abrams at the helm of Episode VII, it seems they’re eyeing a fresh direction for the franchise. Here’s hoping it's a good one.