Only a few weeks ago came word that Lucasfilm and Disney executives were trying to decide whether the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” would have the iconic opening crawl that kicked off all seven previous films of this franchise.
As this is the first stand-alone film and not part of the official ‘saga’ story, skipping it would be understandable but would also set the precedent – meaning subsequent ‘A Star Wars Story’ films would not be able to utilise it. At that time, they hadn’t made their decision, but now it looks like they have – it’s a ‘no’. Entertainment Tonight spoke with both producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and with director Gareth Edwards. Their responses:
Kennedy: “You know, we’re in the midst of talking about it, but I don’t think these films will have an opening crawl. I think that’s what we kind of telegraphed at the beginning of the event today.”
Edwards: “”I think basically there’s a lot of things that I probably can’t talk about, is probably the safest way to answer that. The idea is this film is supposed to be different than the saga films…the whole crawl of it all – it’s funny people are fascinated on that.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” with a crawl or not, opens December 16th.