Disclaimer: this post contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
This weekend the Star Wars universe erupted as fans were given another taste of the “galaxy far far away” based on George Lucas’ original dream with a standalone film titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. At this juncture I won’t be getting into the 2 hour powernap I had watching the film, but I will focus on a critical object that the film lacked:
The opening crawl.
As I sat with my container of nachos and jalapenos, I couldn’t wait to see what the opening crawl of Rogue One would be, even knowing that the movie was based on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope‘s crawl where the Rebels steal the plans of the Death Star, I was still hopeful for the experience and the feeling you get when that rolls up the screen. Unfortunately, there was no crawl, and while the score was excellent, I was quickly disappointed by the lack of that scrolling text.
Turns out I was not the only one, as Dan Perri, the creator of the original opening, in an interview with THR commented on that very issue.
“Frankly, it is a huge mistake, because the image is so iconic and it’s so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans. I couldn’t imagine it starting without that. It’s foolish.”
He further gets into just how hard it was for him to invent the title scene, and how critical George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, was of it — so I get why he is offended.
“I had no idea what he was doing, so it was just this stupid space film. I didn’t think anything of it. Everything I showed him, he didn’t like. So I was constantly going out there with new ideas, and he would tell me to look at certain films. The Buck Rogers films and all the serials from the ’30s that he was using for inspiration.”
“He liked the idea, but then I had to start shooting and testing and setting type. I went through 20 or 30 or 40 different type styles before I settled on one. Once we did that, I shot tests for weeks and weeks and weeks. It was all on film. You shoot a test on black-and-white film and then it had to be developed the next day or late that day. I’d rush out to Van Nuys with it and wait for him for hours to show it to him and he never liked it, and it just went on and on and on.”
But finally, Lucas accepted his work.
“He accepted it and they cut it in. By then, it was only maybe a month before the release. The day I delivered it, it was such a relief to drive away from there knowing, ‘Wow, it’s done finally.'”
We have all seen it hundreds of times, but it still must be shown. Here is the opening crawl for A New Hope:
“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plan that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy….”
Are you guys upset that we saw no crawl? Did you like Rogue One? Am I the only one that got bored in the middle of the movie? Sound off folks.