When someone thinks of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, they think of the image above. It’s from the theatrical one sheet that was originally drawn by iconic artist Drew Struzan and now, it’s being re-released in a whole new way.

When you think of a movie poster, normally you think of something called a lithograph: a relatively flimsy piece of paper with a glossy finish. Many of these can be quite rare and valuable, and Big Trouble from the original release 30 years ago is no exception. But the Bottleneck Gallery in New York is, for the first time, releasing this poster as a screenprint.


That means, 17 different layers of ink are being laid down, individual poster by individual poster, to duplicate the image on a much thicker stock of paper. Here’s what it’ll look like.

Of course, these screenprints are going to be quite limited, and they first go on sale at Syndicated BK in Brooklyn at 6pm, August 4. All leftovers go on sale at noon EST at bottleneckgallery.com. It’s available in a regular edition (with a run of 400) and a glow in the dark variant edition (with a run of 150.)

All of them have been approved and signed by Struzan himself. So this is a pretty special release.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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