Earlier this week Rogue One: A Star Story director Gareth Edwards revealed that Gary Whitta’s first draft for the film featured an opening crawl. The news was surprising to those who were aware of Star Wars story group member Pablo Hidalgo’s comments explaining that the film was never intended to feature the classic crawl. Now, CinemaBlend reports that Gary Whitta has clarified the news by revealing that an official crawl does not exist and explained why fans will probably never see the draft.
CinemaBlend reports that, according to Whitta, no opening crawl was included in any draft he wrote for the film. CinemaBlend writes:
Instead, what Whitta did write down was a temp draft of the crawl that was never meant to be included in the movie
Whitta offered an explanation for why his opening crawl draft will likely never be released. CinemaBlend writes:
For starters, he signed non-disclosure agreements prior to working on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, meaning that even if he did want to post his work online, he would be open to a very expensive lawsuit as a result.However
However, it appears Whitta would not want to release is draft even if he could. CinemaBlend writes:
Whitta told me that he doesn’t really want his “opening crawl” to get out because it’s a unpolished piece of work that he doesn’t feel is worthy of fans potentially thinking of as canon.
Personally, it feels unnecessary to release a draft for a crawl that was never intended to be in the film. With the Star Wars standalone films attempting to differentiate themselves from the primary sage, one can also understand why Whitta may never release his draft of the crawl even if given the option.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available on Digital HD as of March 4 followed by the DVD & Blu-Ray release on April 4, 2017.