– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I know what you’re thinking. “Opening crawl? Rogue One has no opening crawl!” Yes, calm down, we are more than aware of that. Very famously, Lucasfilm opted to leave out opening crawl for their anthology films and retain that aspect for main story episodes alone, which I think is the right idea.

However, before the studio actually made that decision, it was clear they were originally planning to go forward with an opening crawl as planned. One of the film’s writers, Gary Whitta, was recently asked on Twitter if he had drafts of the script that contained an opening crawl, and Whitta answered, saying:

“I did write a crawl, and I remember thinking it was neat that it was the same number of words as the one in A New Hope. This was before the (correct) decision not to have opening crawls for the standalones.”

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That’s a pretty cool little tidbit. Now, if only Whitta would actually leak the opening crawl. I’d be interested to see how they’d planned on writing it, especially since it took place within the crawl of A New Hope.

That being said, I think it was the right decision to nix the opening crawls from anthology films. Given the sheer number of these movies we’re getting, there still should be something that helps retain the special nature of the core films, and while the future of the anthology films is still up in the air, getting rid of that crawl at least takes one step in making that happen.

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SOURCE: Gary Whitta

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.