New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has picked up all U.S. rights to a documentary on Hollywood poster artist Drew Struzan, called Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (pictured).
The feature-length doc, directed by Erik P. Sharkey, focuses on the career of poster designer and illustrator Struzan, who was behind the movie posters for Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars.
Interviewees include George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg and many more filmmakers, artists and critics. The doc explores Struzan’s career from beginning to retirement.
Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically in August, with a home media and VoD release to follow in the fall. It opens in New York City on August 16, while a special screening will take place in July 19 in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con.
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster is produced by Charles Ricciardi and coproduced by Greg Boas and Erik Sharkey. The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Ricciardi.
“Drew Struzan not only revolutionized the art of movie posters but also played an intrinsic role in the global success of American films,” said Lorber. “With this fascinating film, Erik Sharkey reveals the genius behind so many iconic images with a story of talent overcoming economic hardship.”
“It’s been a true honor to make a film about the life and work of my favorite artist, Drew Struzan,” added Sharkey. “Cinema fans like me grew up on his iconic images. I’m looking forward to audiences getting a chance to get to know the man behind those amazing posters.”