Ethan Anderton, for /Film:
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight on Friday after the panel at Star Wars Celebration, here’s what Kennedy had to say about the potential for a Rogue One opening crawl:
“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.”
I can understand why Lucasfilm might want to do without the opening crawl for the anthology films. After all, those films are not supposed to be about the central Skywalker/Solo family storyline, so why artificially connect these new stories to the past ones? It’s a valid argument.
Still, I can’t help but feel that to remove the crawl would be a big mistake. The opening crawl is Star Wars. I can’t even think of another movie that uses that iconic crawl. Not having the 20th Century Fox fanfare at the beginning of The Force Awakens was already jarring enough.
Don’t go breaking my heart (🎶), Lucasfilm.
I know George Lucas didn’t invent the concept, but the imagery is so iconic, I doubt many would have a problem with me attributing the crawl to him. ↩