While the trailer and Superbowl spot for Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has been mostly liked, others were not impressed. The one piece of marketing so far that has been unanimously praised though has been the early posters.
The retro character one-sheets are great, but now a French artist named Hachim Bahous is claiming that the designs were lifted from an artwork template he designed for a series of Sony Music France compilation albums released in 2015 – albums that have since been re-released with different artwork.
Bahous posted an image on Facebook showcasing the designs compared to the “Solo” posters and… they’re very similar. His accompanying post said (translated):
“Left the official posters of the next Star Wars (Disney), right the compiles for which I made the creation in 2015 for Sony Music France / Legacy Recordings France following the brief of the project leader Romain ‘Rpiz’ Pizon. 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!”
Of course, Bahous is the designer of the artwork, not necessarily the owner and Disney could’ve purchased them from Sony without notifying the artist. BLT Communications LLC reportedly crafted the “Solo” posters according to IMP Awards.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” arrives on May 25th 2018.