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Star Wars Episode VII Won't Feature Artwork From Drew Struzan

Star Wars Episode VII may have gained a director in J.J. Abrams today, but it looks like it's lost any chance of having artwork done by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan.

Earlier this week the artist excited millions of Star Wars fans when he said that he had been contacted by Disney about the new trilogy of films. While his quotes made it sound as though he just wanted to be retired and spend time with his family, he did leave the door somewhat ajar by completing his statements by saying, "But, you know, never say never. All things are possible." But now it seems he has shut that door completely.

After the story broke and spread wide, Struzan took to his official Facebook page (via Bleeding Cool) where he wrote a post titled "Misunderstood..." I think you know where this is going:

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

I understand where Struzan is coming from and I can appreciate the thought, but at the same time I would honestly really love to see him design the posters for the new Star Wars movies. If he's going to use that excuse, then why did he come back for the prequels? As a long time admirer and fan of his work, I respect Struzan a great deal and if he doesn't wish to return that's his right and I totally respect that. But speaking as a Star Wars fan I wish he would reconsider.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.