The development of the standalone Star Wars anthology movies has come with it a great many questions, and not just about content. Coming up on the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in just a couple more weeks, one of the biggest questions fans have been thinking about in regards to the film is “Will it have a opening crawl?” The crawl has opened every Star Wars movie released so far, even the 2008 animated Clone Wars movie, but Rogue One, as we learned today, will break with tradition. According to the head of Lucasfilm herself, Rogue One will have no crawl.
Presumably you had to take a minute before continuing to read, but according to Kathleen Kennedy, the decision was made to help differentiate between the saga films and the standalone stories. “We felt that’s so indicative of what those saga films are,” Kennedy told Variety. “Initially, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title.”
Presumably, Kennedy will feel the same way about the young Han Solo movie, but we’re a little early in the process to worry about how the film is going to open. Of more pressing concerns is how the Chris Miller and Phil Lord movie is going to look, and Kennedy says the production team has some very specific ideas in terms of inspiration. “This moves closer to a heist or Western type feel,” Kennedy says of the Han Solo movie. “We’ve talked about [Frederic] Remington and those primary colors that are used in his paintings defining the look and feel of the film.”
Remington is the iconic painter and illustrator whose depictions of the Old West have informed people’s vision of the time period for over 100 years. Given the Western influences of the Solo character, it’s hard to imagine more potent imagery to keep in mind for the film.
Rogue will be in theatres everywhere on December 16, and the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie will arrive in May 2018.