With Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to be the first live-action film in the series that’s NOT a part of the greater episodic saga, a couple of key elements central to the other films are likely to be a no show here.
One of those key elements is the traditional opening crawl, with President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy admitting to EW that even she doesn’t yet know if it will be included in either ‘Rogue One’ or other “Star Wars” projects:
“We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
Both Kennedy and Edwards have also spoken about the extended reshoots on the film, something that Edwards did not comment throughout the week the reports of the additional filming went online but has now gone on the record, saying:
“It was always part of the plan to do reshoots, We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit… I think it’s been blown out of proportion a little bit, [the tone has] not in any way been compromised.”
Kennedy agrees, saying Edwards brings a different feel to the universe:
“There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography. I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.
One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films. Gareth has shown a stylistic preference that’s much more handheld, visceral, inside-the-action kind of feel.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16th.