Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in the franchise not to focus on the Skywalker family and the galactic struggle of the Dark Side vs the Light. Yes, Gareth Edwards’ spinoff film is, as the title states, a ‘Star Wars Story,’ an independent entity that exists in the same universe and under the banner of the Star Wars franchise.
However, considering that Disney and Lucasfilm are have vested interested in making these Star Wars ‘stories’ distinguishable as their own thing, they’re giving serious thought to not having the iconic opening crawl blast on to our screens at the movie’s beginning.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed they still haven’t decided if Rogue One, and the subsequent anthology films like the young Han Solo pic, will have the traditional credits accompanied with John Williams’ inimitable score.
“We talk about that all the time,” Kennedy said.
“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 Storiesseparate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
Although the yellow crawl sliding across the galaxy is such an unsurpassable way of starting a Star Wars film, we’re starting to believe Disney and Lucasfilm are leaning ever so slightly towards leaving it out and establishing their fledgeling anthology projects as unique and distinct. It would certainly be a bold move, but not a disrespectful one. They have complete creative control over what to do with these films and considering Rogue One specifically has a dark tone resembling a heist/war movie, perhaps the opening crawl doesn’t suit the style. We’ll have to wait and see how it pans out but we’d be open to seeing something a little fresh and daring.