Quoted from jwilson:
Sort of off-topic, but the Mondo guys consistently get big rights holders to sign off on very stylized illustration for their movie poster series, so I'm wondering what they're doing right. Is it because it's small, limited edition runs of posters versus a wide-release game? I wouldn't think it made much difference.
It's definitely not impossible. I'm a Mondo collector myself, one of the posters hanging behind me is from Alien. It's an incredible illustration. Make a terrible translite, way too dark, but I love the art.
My understanding is that even if you can get a brand to play ball with that, it's often a much harder (and longer) process to go through for approvals. I don't know how Mondo does it, but they can afford to spend however long they need for a poster to get approved I would think, they sell out in 4 minutes, they practically should be investigated for printing money.
When you have a pinball that's on a schedule, where the art is just one part of a lot of other moving parts it's not really as easy to do that. If a studio says to you "you can go this route, and we can fast track approval, or you can go this other route, and it's going to be a long process" it's hard as a manufacturer to want to pick choice 2. That's a long delay before you can show art to people, it's a long delay where your line isn't building anything, it's a real headache for working out the playfield design, etc.
When Alien was announced, long before I was involved, I posted that I'd love to see hand drawn art myself. Andrew replied that it wasn't in the cards, see reasons above for why that's probably a reasonable answer. I can't really talk about what's going on with it now, but I will say that I'm doing my best to bring something original to the table, and not a copy and paste job. I'll talk about it more once we're free to show things. I appreciate everyone who's been ridiculously supportive of me being on the project, and I'll try to meet the expectations you've set to the best of my ability, within the limits of the project.
I think it's fabulous that the community is rallying behind Zombie Yeti, it does my heart good to see hand drawn art on pinballs championed. If there's anything I can do to further that then believe me, I will. I'm a fan too.