Could a movie still feel like Star Wars without those yellow letters floating off into the void of space?
Lucasfilm’s upcoming stand-alone movies are meant to be distinctive from the trilogy sagas, so the makers of the first one to hit theaters — this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — are trying to figure out how many traditional elements should be retained.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW that no decision has been made for Rogue One, but the creative team — including director Gareth Edwards — is busy exploring options and alternatives.
“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.”
Whatever they decide will likely set a new template for the future stand-alone projects. The next one, based on the adventures of a young Han Solo, is coming in 2018.
George Lucas didn’t invent the crawl for Star Wars; that technique was a tried and true way of delivering quick exposition to moviegoers back in the days of the cinematic serials, catching viewers up on the last installment.
Rogue One itself was born from the opening crawl of 1977’s original Star Wars, which explained that the Rebel Alliance had just won a major victory against the Empire and secured the plans to their Death Star battle station. This new film, arriving nearly four decades later, will show the story of the soldiers who stage that heist.
If the crawl goes, the filmmakers will have to find some other way to orient fans about where and when this story plays out in the larger Star Wars timeline.
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