I guess it's a foregone conclusion that the theatrical poster for The Force Awakens is going to be painted by Drew Struzan. The majority of Star Wars fans seem to think that this is a no-brainer. In fact, Struzan has become synonymous with Star Wars in the minds of most fans, utterly supplanting the artists behind the brilliant posters of the OT - Tom Jung, Roger Kastel, and Kazuhiko Sano.
To me, Struzan is inexorably linked with the Special Editions and the PT. His flat, artificial photorealism and boring, repetative compositions never fail to put me to sleep. He's done a few memorable posters, yes, but none of his Star Wars works qualify as such, in my opinion. I think we can all pretty much close our eyes and picture what a Struzan TFA poster will look like - Kylo Ren's face looming in the background, with lifelessly reproduced publicity shots of the old and new heroes floating beneath. Thank you, but no - I've had more than my fill of that.
Aren't Jung, Hill and Sano all still alive and working? Is there even the remotest chance of at least one of them being asked to work on the new films? If not, I still hope the job doesn't go to Struzan. I mean, better him than one of the legion of photoshop hacks churning out the dreck we've been seeing for the past two decades, I suppose. But I'd rather see a more painterly artist like one of the OT guys get the gig.
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