Drew Struzan, better known as the man who drew your childhood (all the classic movie posters of the 80s, 90s, and beyond), is of the opinion that The Force Awakens stands to be the best Star Wars film there is. Struzan has been involved with the series for some time, and is more or less a Lucasfilm confidant, so he (like the millions of us) know these films inside and out.
So what does he know?
More after the jump…
Drew Struzan was invited back to work on the poster by J.J. Abrams last year:
“…It started about a year ago or more, a year and a half ago. I got a call from J.J. Abrams who I have never met, and he was in England shooting the film and he goes ‘Hi, I’ve always loved the work’ and Blah, Blah, Blah, sounding like you, you know, like a fanboy (laughs) And we were talking along and he just goes ‘…Well, would you?’ and I said ‘…If I was asked.’ And that was the conversation (laughs).”
Roughly a year later, Struzan was invited to a meeting where Abrams revealed that he was assembling a familiar crew:
“So about a year later, we get together and meet and he says we’re using all the original people – John Williams, Kasdan, Harrison Ford’s in it, everybody’s in it and everybody’s writing and making the music and we have to have your art to make it the real thing. So, of course, I’ve got to do it for George and I’ve got to do it for Star Wars.”
Far from being conceited, Struzan went on to confirm that he has in fact seen the script as well as many scenes from the film itself:
“I’ve never worked with J.J before and so we started working on it and he showed me like half the movie and it was just… a wonderful film and I know it’s going to be grand. I got to read the script and subsequently I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, Honest to god, it is far and away probably going to be THE BEST Star Wars you’ve ever seen. … Well it’s beautifully made and it’s a wonderful story.”
So there you have it. Struzan worked along with Kasdan, Williams, and Abrams—three men collectively responsible for some of the most thrilling cinema of all time…and the man geeked out.
For more on Drew Struzan and his work, it is highly recommended that you watch the documentary Drew: The Man Behind The Poster. Check out the trailer below: