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Rogue One is probably not going to have an opening crawl of its own

07.18.2016

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To opening crawl or not to opening crawl...? That is the question Lucasfilm is trying to find a definitive answer to, as it pertains to ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

You can understand the logic of both sides of the argument. Those in favor would say that the film should try to maintain some degree of continuity with the rest of the films, especially because the events of the ROGUE ONE will feed right into STAR WARS, or as it is now referred to in the grand scheme of the STAR WARS Saga - EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. However, those who say no crawl would state that ROGUE ONE is not a main chapter, but more of an in-between between stories, and, as a result of the tale it will tell, really needs no introduction. 

It's a break from tradition, and that certainly doesn't sit well with some... But wouldn't it be nice if these standalones could sort of cut their own path through the STAR WARS Galaxy to do exactly that - stand alone?

Kathleen Kennedy remarked on the matter over the weekend at STAR WARS Celebration...

“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.”

And to show you what was telegraphed, here's the introduction of the ROGUE ONE panel she is talking about. 

It certainly is a different spin on things and immediately calls attention to the fact that this is going to be something very different. Does that work for you? 

Director Gareth Edwards offered up a few words on the matter as well...

“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.”

The key word there is different, so perhaps fans might want to start getting used to the idea that ROGUE ONE might start a little differently than your traditional STAR WARS film in the past. That's not a bad thing. It's just... you guessed it... different. 

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY opens on December 16.

 

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8:48AM on 07/19/2016
I would, it can begin with "The Story of Rouge One", the opening description can help fill in the gaps between episode 3 and this, so you have more room in the film to focus on the characters and other events. And plus its just so damn magical to have that.
I would, it can begin with "The Story of Rouge One", the opening description can help fill in the gaps between episode 3 and this, so you have more room in the film to focus on the characters and other events. And plus its just so damn magical to have that.
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7:20AM on 07/19/2016

So you don't want to mix it with the anthology???

Just don't put "Episode **" at the beginning of the title crawl, problem solved :)
Just don't put "Episode **" at the beginning of the title crawl, problem solved :)
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4:06AM on 07/19/2016
Or, OR instead of a crawl, we could have Jar Jar Binks narrates the story in the opening of the movie! *THUNK!!* Owww! Okay okay, bad idea.
Or, OR instead of a crawl, we could have Jar Jar Binks narrates the story in the opening of the movie! *THUNK!!* Owww! Okay okay, bad idea.
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3:36AM on 07/19/2016
The other Star Wars spin offs (the Ewok film) didn't have a crawl, so why should this?
The other Star Wars spin offs (the Ewok film) didn't have a crawl, so why should this?
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1:39AM on 07/19/2016

Good idea

Very smart of them to reserve the opening crawl for the saga films only. I think it would be grossly inappropriate to have one for Roque One or any of the anthology movies. The saga movies HAVE to feel special or the magic is lost. Rogue One is NOT a Star Wars movie, it's a SPINOFF off of Star Wars. This small touch (along with other small touches) will ensure the market doesn't feel oversaturated. It would be great to create a whole knew "open" that gives these anthology films their own
Very smart of them to reserve the opening crawl for the saga films only. I think it would be grossly inappropriate to have one for Roque One or any of the anthology movies. The saga movies HAVE to feel special or the magic is lost. Rogue One is NOT a Star Wars movie, it's a SPINOFF off of Star Wars. This small touch (along with other small touches) will ensure the market doesn't feel oversaturated. It would be great to create a whole knew "open" that gives these anthology films their own identity.
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10:51AM on 07/19/2016
...a whole "new" "open".....(new/knew/gnu)
...a whole "new" "open".....(new/knew/gnu)
11:16PM on 07/18/2016
God. Dammit.

It just won't feel the same...
God. Dammit.

It just won't feel the same...
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8:25PM on 07/18/2016
I could live with or without it at this point of the franchise.
I could live with or without it at this point of the franchise.
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7:38PM on 07/18/2016
Good thing its called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, otherwise, without the crawl, I'd have no idea it was a Star Wars movie.
Good thing its called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, otherwise, without the crawl, I'd have no idea it was a Star Wars movie.
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7:21PM on 07/18/2016
Normally I might not care about something like this for a spin-off. But everything I've ever seen Star Wars related, video games, whatever, we get the crawl. Why? Because it's Star Wars, that's why!
Normally I might not care about something like this for a spin-off. But everything I've ever seen Star Wars related, video games, whatever, we get the crawl. Why? Because it's Star Wars, that's why!
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7:17PM on 07/18/2016

I'm fine with it being absent.

Rogue One looks like it's gonna be it's own thing with a different tone than the saga movies (is that what we're calling them?).

The opening crawl with the Star Wars theme might set the wrong tone with what they seem to be going for. I say, if it makes the movie better by omitting it, then do so.
Rogue One looks like it's gonna be it's own thing with a different tone than the saga movies (is that what we're calling them?).

The opening crawl with the Star Wars theme might set the wrong tone with what they seem to be going for. I say, if it makes the movie better by omitting it, then do so.
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6:34PM on 07/18/2016

Are they crazy??

Of course it has to have an opening crawl. It's Star Wars! Nuff said.
Of course it has to have an opening crawl. It's Star Wars! Nuff said.
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6:23PM on 07/18/2016
They could have an opening crawl with perhaps a different theme to accompany it but I totally understand where they are coming from. In any case, looking forward to what they come up with.
They could have an opening crawl with perhaps a different theme to accompany it but I totally understand where they are coming from. In any case, looking forward to what they come up with.
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6:15PM on 07/18/2016
I suppose the opening crawl isn't THAT important. From an aesthetic perspective, it would be nice to see it in every Star Wars movie, and all that needs to be done is omitting an episode number, but its absence won't be completely noted. As long as that preview isn't used, I'm good. That was strange.
I suppose the opening crawl isn't THAT important. From an aesthetic perspective, it would be nice to see it in every Star Wars movie, and all that needs to be done is omitting an episode number, but its absence won't be completely noted. As long as that preview isn't used, I'm good. That was strange.
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