Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to establish some firsts on a number of topics. It’s the first live-action movie to be set outside the main Skywalker saga, it’s the first movie period to take place between the prequel and original trilogies, and it’s the test case for Disney to see if their plans for a Star Wars movie per year is viable and profitable. But here’s a specific question: Will Rogue One, following in the tradition of every live-action Star Wars movie from 1977, have an opening crawl. It’s a good question, and one that the Powers that Be behind Star Wars still don’t know the answer too.
In Entertainment Weekly‘s recently released Rogue One extravaganza issue, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy talked about the struggle, yes “struggle”, to decide what Star Wars tropes are to be included in the new Star Wars film, and that includes the traditional yellow-lettered opening crawl.
“We talk about that all the time [and] 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,” she said. “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.”
Ditching the opening crawl, if they decide to ditch it, will not be the first big change to Star Wars with Rogue One. We already know that John Williams will not be conducting the music for the new movie, with that responsibility falling to Alexandre Desplat. You may point out that Star Wars: Clone Wars the movie also had no Williams score and no opening crawl, but it was animated and, let’s face it, basically just promotion for the full animated series. There’s a lot of pressure on Rogue One because it will essential set the style guide for future anthology films in terms of what they do, and what will be expected of them. No pressure.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be in theaters everywhere on December 16.