Disney wants classic Star Wars artist back for Episode VII

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Update: It seems that there was a misunderstanding in the interview. Here’s his updated response.

“Misunderstood… A couple of friends at Disney were fantasizing about the new STAR WARS movies. ‘Disney’ has said nothing to me and I expect nothing. That a couple of friends were wishing is only an expression of the hope that many are sharing but says nothing regarding the Studio itself. Even if ‘they’ did ask, which Disney has not, I’d rather leave the new films to the next generation to interpret. I’ve had my time and they were exceptional blessings for which I will forever be grateful. Tomorrow is a new day…drew”

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Legendary artist Drew Struzan is known for his amazing art contributions to movie posters like Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and of course, Star Wars. Talking to Fanhattan, Struzan revealed that Disney has already contacted him about returning back into a galaxy far, far away. Disney is on the right track for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII flick. The question is, does Struzan want to come out of retirement to work on Star Wars again?

“Oh my god, I’m trying to be retired!” Struzan laughs. “You know, I spent 35 years painting ‘Star Wars’. 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.”

The man has earned his retirement, but it would be nice if Struzan would collaborate once again for the new Star Wars films. Disney alone has convinced me that they’re really trying to give us a great Star Wars experience. Let’s hope the execution works out.

Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be released in 2015. No directors are currently attached.

Source: Fanhattan (via Coming Soon)

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