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I love the 10th anniversary poster too and would like to see it used as a cover. But the angle of the original, especially on the words "Star Wars", makes it a bit of challenge.
Option 1) I think the best option is to just leave the poster as it originally was, use the whole thing, and just photoshop out "The first ten years". Since there aren't correspoonding posters for all of the movies, this will obviously be a one-off cover, so you don't need to worry about consistency when Adywan does the other movies.
Option 2) If you want to take on a bit of work, you could rotate just "Star Wars", but then you have to repair all the elements that touch the words via some Photoshop magic.
Option 3) Your approach of rotating the entire image to get "Star Wars" horizontal results in a crooked Vader and landspeeder, which looks a little weird. For that to work, I think you need to straighten out Vader and the landspeeder (more photoshop work).
I say, go with option 1 and call it a day! Drew Struzan is a good artist and his original poster is great without any major changes.
I would recommend against using a starfield background. Most people might not realize from your draft cover that the image was not cut out of something else, the background of the poster was originally white.
You know of the rebellion against the Empire?