Lucasfilim has announced that conceptial artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig are on-board for STAR WARS EPISODE VII.
Chiang who has won an Academy Award is perhaps best known for his work on STAR WARS EPISODE I where he helped to design a PRE-IMPERIAL STAR WARS UNIVERSE. Chiang was later made the concept design supervisor for STAR WARS EPISODE II and then went on to be a part of many high profile animations including THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF, DISNEY’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL and MARS NEEDS MOMS.
McCaig is best known for his breathtaking designs of DARTH MAUL yet, his credits extend to all three STAR WARS PREQUELS as well a MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS and the forthcoming blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
Doug Chiang expressed his joy at returning to STAR WARS:
“It’s wonderful to be back! It’s been over ten years since I last worked on Star Wars but my Star Wars roots have touched nearly every film I’ve designed since. It’s still a bit surreal that I get to work on another one.”
“The feedback from fans around the world has helped shape many a design in the Star Wars universe… I never thought I’d live to see this day. It’s pure magic to have the band back together again.”
Personally, I’m not a fan of Doug Chiang’s work. I feel that many of his designs have never really captured the spirit of STAR WARS. I like many fans, expected EPISODE I to look familiar, but slightly different as the ships, weapons, armour etc should have been early relations to those seen in A NEW HOPE and beyond. While in some respects this was met, Chiang’s designs felt more advanced than regressed.
I’m not entirely certain that I am managing to get across my point, but I would hate to see STAR WARS EPISODE VII look anything like the prequels.
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