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 Awakensstands 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.
The official theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally been revealed at D23! J.J. Abrams’ seventh installment of the Star Wars series had up until this point been taking the minimalist approach on their posters and banners, using only the logo. Now we’ve been graced with the art of longtime Star Wars artist Drew Struzan! (more…)
If you grew up in the 80s, then chances are that the work of Drew Struzan had a big impact on you. Who’s Drew Struzan you may be asking? Shame on you! He’s the man that created the poster art for such films as Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Muppet Movie, Coming To America, An American Tail, and The Goonies. He also designed the posters for all the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. Of course, that was when poster art was still an art, but Struzan did it better than anyone else. He official retired in 2008, so when Struzan releases a new poster now, you know it’s something special, and that’s very true in this particular instance as Struzan has now immortalized Batkid for an upcoming documentary. (more…)
This is surely going to please quite a few Star Warsfans out there.
While he has technically been “retired” for the better part of the last six years, word has it that JJ Abrams has reached out to poster legend Drew Struzan to design the one sheet for Episode VII…and Struzan has agreed to return to the pen and ink to do so. If this proves to be true, it’ll be a huge act of goodwill toward fans on the part of Abrams.
The art of the movie poster seems lost on modern Hollywood (thanks Photoshop!), which is why we should probably take the opportunity to honor someone who created many of the iconic images that formed the backbone of our current popular culture.
Well, the time has come for renowned artist Drew Struzan. The long-in-the-works documentary about Struzan, Drew: The Man Behind ThePosterdirected by Erik P. Sharkey, is finally ready for release with its previously announced screening at Comic Con to be followed by a limited release screening in August.
According to Deadline, the Comic Con screening, which will take place on Friday July 19 at the Gaslamp 15 in San Diego, will be followed by a special engagement at the Cinema Village in New York City on August 16 before being rolled out to other cities. Drew will then be available to all on video-on-demand via distributor Kino Lorber later this fall.
Struzan’s work has been featured in poster art for a number of popular movies of the 70s, 80s, and 90s including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, The Goonies, batteries not included, Back to the Future, Hook and Blade Runner. He spent his early years designing album covers for the likes of Iron Sabbath, the Bee Gees, and Liberace, but he retired after doing art work for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
You may not know the name, but you do know his posters. Drew Struzan, the artist responsible for the classic Star Wars posters (as well as many other iconic prints) recently revealed that Disney has been in contact with him to return to do the art for the forthcoming new slew of movies.
In an interview with Fanhattan the recently retired artist had this 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.”
To be honest, it’s hard to imagine Star Wars posters NOT by Struzan. Here’s hoping he does come out of retirement to come back on more time… well, 3 more times… or 14? How many Star Wars movies is Disney planning on making again?
The stores have decided that it’s already HalloweenGivingNewYearMastime, which means that it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And a new book of art from Drew Struzan is going straight on my Amazon wishlist.
“The Art of Drew Struzan,” released in September, features art from the man behind posters for some of our most beloved sci-fi and nerd movies — including Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Goonies and Blade Runner.
Io9 recently reviewed the book, giving it a thumbs up and saying it’s chock-full of anecdotes from Struzan’s work with studios and producers, as well as little-seen promotional imagery.
For those keeping score, Struzan has worked on more than just movie posters. He also is noted for his work on covers for Star Wars novels and pop music record albums, as well as (oddly) plates from the Franklin Mint that depict the late Princess Diana of Wales.
Is there a Delorean in your future? There may be if you feel like traveling to California and going back in time to 1985. Why would you do such a thing? For the Back to the Futurereunion that’s scheduled for this winter, of course!
Now don’t get super-super-duper hyped up yet – there’s been no mention thus far of Michael J. Fox or Christopher Lloyd attending this 25th anniversary shindig that’s happening Nov. 5-12. However, you can hobnob with actors who played notable characters in the trilogy, like Claudia Wells (the first “Jennifer”), Harry Waters Jr. (“Marvin Berry”) and James Tolkan (“Principal Strickland”).
Want more, still? Nerd out with Drew Struzan (poster designer for BTTF and other awesome movies. He also did covers for Star Wars novels.), Kevin Pike (special effect supervisor) and Bob Gale (writer and producer).
Need still more incentive to go? Proceeds from this special event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first BTTF film will go to Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. Remember, Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s Disease, and he’s been adamant about raising funds for research and finding a cure. Fans and staffers are throwing the anniversary event to honor his cause.
All that, PLUS an opportunity to see the Delorean and twirl at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance? Um, if you have the cash, I’d plan a trip. Stat.
Check out the jam-packed event schedule, list of celebrities and other important info at weregoingback.com.
Special thanks to my friend @JimBarnthouse for letting me (and the world) know about this via Facebook!
Ooh Ahh! Check out this sweet ass Comic-Con exclusive poster for AMC‘s upcoming TV series The Walking Dead by artist Drew Struzan. It’s an incredibly cool print that pays homage to the old school Zombie movie posters of the past. It’s zombie-riffic!
The TV series is being developed by Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) and the more we hear and see about this show the more and more excited it makes us. The series is set to kick-off in October during AMC’s freight fest. Oi! October can’t roll around soon enough.
The AMC Television series stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), and Emma Bell (Law & Order). The show follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home after a zombie apocalypse.