Drew Struzan is a genius artist and pop culture icon, yet most couldn’t put a name to his work even if a pistol was shoved past the uvula of their mouths. He’s the artist responsible for creating the posters and one-sheets for some of the biggest, most popular movies in the late 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. A quick list-off: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
The latest news has Struzan being asked by Disney to do the poster art for the upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy. Here’s what he had to say:
“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. [laughs] 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.”