Artist Accusing Disney Of Stealing Solo: A Star Wars Story Poster Designs

Solo: A Star Wars Story poster

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a movie that has had to deal with more than its share of controversy, following a directors shake-up behind the scenes. However, there's another potential problem on the horizon concerning the movie's posters. Artist Hachim Bahous has accused Disney of stealing his design for Sony Music's Legacy Compilation CD covers and using them for the character posters for Solo. According to Bahous,

I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery, I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!

The character posters were all released recently alongside the first trailer and each is dedicated to a character in the film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. We see Alden Ehrenreich behind the name Solo, Donald Glover as Lando, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, and Joonas Suotamo dressed as Chewbacca. Each image is the name of the character, with an image of the character behind it.

By comparison, check out one of the designs for the CD titled Legacy of Funk created by Hachim Bahous, which bears the strongest direct resemblance to the Solo poster above.

It seems that Solo: A Star Wars Story is just a movie destined for controversy. Fans still aren't sure what sort of movie we're going to get following the removal of the films' original directors in the middle of the shooting schedule.

At this point, Disney has yet to publicly respond to the accusation that they stole the design for these movie posters. It's certainly a serious accusation, though there are numerous possibilities for what happened that don't involve outright theft.

Interesting, while writing this story, the original post on Facebook by Hachim Bahous has either been deleted or moved to a private setting, as it's no longer publicly available. The post compared four different Solo posters and four different CD covers to show the similarities.

This story has been receiving a lot of attention since the original post went up and it's possible that Hachim Bahous has decided that he just didn't like the attention, though, one would assume attention was the point when it was first posted. It's possible that Disney and/or Sony has been in touch with him over the last day or so and the situation has been explained and/or dealt with. If there was some sort of settlement reached, removing the original post may have been a condition of it.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of this situation. If it hasn't already reached a resolution then we'll likely hear more of it in the coming days. If it has, it appears that it's being swept under the rug, nothing to see here.

Dirk Libbey
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