Legendary Poster Artist Drew Sturzan Coming Back For STAR WARS VII?

Legendary Poster Artist Drew Sturzan Coming Back For STAR WARS VII?

Schmoes Know are reporting, Drew Sturzan, the artist that is best known for creating all the iconic movies posters for the "Indiana Jones," "Back to the Future" and "Star Wars" franchises, is coming back to work on J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII.

Remember back in the day when movie posters used to be a work of art, something you'd want to pinup in your dorm room? Today's movie posters rely too heavily on Photoshop, and are often generic, fitting into a cookie-cutter template based on its genre. One artist that is the cream of the crop is Drew Sturzan. He is the man behind the iconic posters for every film in the Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Rambo and Star Wars franchises. He's also responsible for the sublime Blade Runner, Jurassic Park and E.T: The Extraterrestrial movie posters. Now it sounds as though J.J. Abrams has brought Drew back for Star Wars VII.
So let’s just get to the amazingness, shall we? We here at Schmoes Know have learned from a close source to Drew himself that none other than JJ Abrams has contacted him to come OUT OF RETIREMENT to do the poster art for Star Wars Episode VII. Not only will this tie in the fan base and magic of the original trilogy, but it will connect the new saga to the original feelings we all have based in part from the wonderful posters we all know and love.

Star Wars: Episode VII - Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. It's being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
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ndwwrestler2 - 5/19/2014, 2:09 PM
DAGuess - 5/19/2014, 2:14 PM
Could you imagine a non Sturzan poster for a Star Wars film?
V8ER - 5/19/2014, 2:26 PM
I hope so. He brought a sense of wonder to Star Wars posters.
DaVinci31 - 5/19/2014, 2:31 PM
You get the whole movie looking at that one image.

I couldn't agree more, I hope this news is true.
JR - 5/19/2014, 2:44 PM
YESSS! Make it happen!
imaginejim - 5/19/2014, 2:47 PM
I would love to see a Drew Struzan poster for Guardians of the Galaxy...
GUNSMITH - 5/19/2014, 2:49 PM
marvel72 - 5/19/2014, 2:52 PM
well at least the poster will be great.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 5/19/2014, 2:54 PM
Don't see why he wouldn't
Abary - 5/19/2014, 3:01 PM
"Remember back in the day when movie posters used to be a work of art, something you'd want to pinup in your dorm room?"

Yes, yes I do. I really wish movie posters would be good again instead of the bad photoshop jobs they are today.
ruadh - 5/19/2014, 3:03 PM
"Could you imagine a non Sturzan poster for a Star Wars film?"

I actually don't think it would ruin the movies or anything, but to me personally...having a Struzan poster is more important than the 20th Century Fox fanfare at the start of the movie.
DrunkenNukem - 5/19/2014, 3:08 PM
"new" trilogy
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 5/19/2014, 3:14 PM
YES!!!!! We need more posters like his. To many cut and paste photo shopped posters these days.
Klone - 5/19/2014, 3:15 PM
[frick], this guy tops even Ross!!
JillyMcBeam - 5/19/2014, 3:17 PM
Mercwitham0uth - 5/19/2014, 3:17 PM
In the words of Palpatine:

"Do it".

FantasticSpidey - 5/19/2014, 3:24 PM
FYI it's Drew Struzan
santoanderson - 5/19/2014, 3:25 PM
Struzan did the Jurassic Park poster? Isn't that just vector art?
blvdnoise - 5/19/2014, 3:30 PM
I imagine he will.. Very kool documentary too. I watched it a few months ago
MrAisA - 5/19/2014, 3:33 PM
@Mercwitham0uth Loves me some Grumps.
NoAssemblyReqd - 5/19/2014, 3:33 PM
Apparently not legendary enough to spell have his name spelled right.
Spartan - 5/19/2014, 3:39 PM
Hopefully studio execs won't demand every character on the poster but allow Drew to have some artistic license.
The prequel posters were a mess.
Art directors have forgotten the phrase "Less is more" while agents need to stop demanding their clients
need to take up "X" amount of room on the poster.
Leave Drew alone and he'll come up with something awesome.
manofmidgard - 5/19/2014, 3:51 PM
well that's good to hear. yay us!
staypuffed - 5/19/2014, 4:00 PM
[insert comment about how posters are photoshopped crap and missing "the old days"]
Thegeekygurl - 5/19/2014, 4:06 PM
He's no Rob Liefeld but he'll do.
BIGBMH - 5/19/2014, 4:43 PM
Please yes.
Havenless - 5/19/2014, 5:51 PM
They couldn't get Liefeld?
Ceejay - 5/19/2014, 6:15 PM
@DAGuess - Yeah I can actually, back when I was a kid the posters most in the world associated with Star wars were the Hildebrandt brothers version..

this one by Tom Cantrell..

and this one by Tommy Jung..

Even when The Empire Strikes Back came out none of these posters associated with the film at the time had anything to do with Struzan. This one was again by Tommy Jung..

And this timeless version by Roger Kastel more than any after it..

Drew Struzan didn't work on a Star Wars poster until the re-release in 1978 with this..

And his famous Revenge of the Jedi one..

But the ones most back then would associate with the movie again are from Kazuhiko Sano..

and Tim Reamer..

People who most associate Drew Stuzan with Star Wars posters are the ones who came later in the 1990's when George mutilated the films with digital effects and Struzan provided the poster art for the so called "Special Editions" likewise using images from star wars films in the wrong posters for the episodes..

Liea's image from this Star Wars poster is from a photo for The Empire Strikes Back hence her jumpsuit collar and Hairstyle from that costume instead of the poloneck and hair buns from star wars.

The image of the Emperor in this Empire poster is taken from photos from the Return of the Jedi since the version of the Emperor in the original movie was a completely different design to the one they changed it to in Jedi..

And this Jedi poster uses the fight scene from The Empire Strikes back as its centerpiece instead of the fight from the actual movie.

And of course Lucas only wanted to associate the versions with the new art posters hence he got Drew Struzan to paint the main posters for the prequels in similar style so they all matched up..

So yeah, I can image Star Wars movie posters without Struzan since most of what I associate with Struzan is the crap that ruined the franchise.

Super12 - 5/19/2014, 7:03 PM
I think Guardians of the Galaxy has put out the most impressive posters of any blockbuster in years. But glad to see more connections to the original trilogy here
Wolf38 - 5/19/2014, 7:14 PM
It would be wonderful if Struzan came back for this. His majestic, utterly impeccable art is a big part of Star Wars for me, not just from the films, but from the cover art of most of the Star Wars novels published by Bantam in the 90s.

It would not be bad for a new artist, but like John Williams, if you can get the guy (and I know that others have done SW art) then go for it.

Anyway, I could not agree more that film posters used to be more 'work of art' than many of them are today.

@ndwwrestler2, that might be my favorite GIF ever.

@Ceejay, point taken, although maybe just a tad bit overdone.
Wolf38 - 5/19/2014, 7:18 PM
Also, the A New Hope: Special Edition has to be one of the most beautiful film posters ever. It's perfect, IMO.

Attack of the Clones is actually a pretty good composition, regardless of the film itself.
TheSoulEater - 5/19/2014, 8:23 PM

palpatine photo: Palpatine palpatine-small.png
mgeoff88 - 5/19/2014, 8:45 PM
Hell Yeah! He makes amazing movie posters.
case - 5/19/2014, 9:22 PM
Yeah I feel the same CJ. I don't really associate struzen with Star Wars as much as the other films he worked on. I'm glad he's doing a version, but I'd be happy to see some other artists take a shot at making an iconic image.
Mercwitham0uth - 5/20/2014, 1:19 AM

Game Grumps rule. :)
Simonsonrules - 5/20/2014, 5:41 AM

Great work! That Kastel Empire poster is still the best of all!

RetroFit - 5/20/2014, 7:31 AM
Why are you showing the posters for the Special Edition reissues? Those aren't the original Star Wars posters. At all. And all they make me think of are the Special Editions and Phantom Menace and prequel trash. Which are NOT good associations. See the below? NOT Sturzan.

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