It’s hard to find a more euphoric and infectious feeling than sitting in a sold-out crowd on opening night for a brand new Star Wars movie. After watching a few trailers, the lights finally dim down and the LucasFilm logo appears onscreen. Right afterwards, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” appears onscreen. Your heart stops just for a moment, and then the first note of John Williams’ iconic theme blares through incredible surround sound as the words “STAR WARS” appear onscreen. The crowd erupts, and the opening crawl commences.
Played at the beginning of all seven films in the Star Wars Saga, the opening crawl is one of the most quintessential elements to the franchise. But with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story imminent, fans have been wondering whether or not the film will feature the crawl at all – perhaps for LucasFilm to further distinguish these standalone films from the episodic films.
Well, fans may be in for something a bit different this Christmastime. According to a report by Star Wars News Net, one of their trusted sources claims that the film will open “different than the classic Star Wars films.” A few months back, Kathleen Kennedy expressed that she was unsure about whether or not the Star Wars Story films will feature a crawl in any shape or form, and with this new report, it seems that we will be seeing a completely different opening than what we’re accustomed to.
Interestingly enough, I welcome this change. For one, LucasFilm really needs to distinguish these Star Wars Story movies from the Skywalker saga. A different opening for these films, while breaking tradition may add another layer of freshness for the franchise. That way, it can broaden the mythology even further and showcase the diversity of the franchise. What do you guys think? If this is in fact the case, do you welcome it? Or do you think the franchise should stick to its traditions? Sound off in the comments below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.