Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first film in the franchise to not feature the iconic text crawl that opens every movie and while some have been perfectly content with Disney’s decision to omit the feature, others — including the man who created the original back in 1977 — think it was a mistake that detracted from the experience. Unsurprisingly, it less than a week after the film’s release for one Star Wars to create their very own Rogue One opening crawl …and it’s not half bad:
Here’s the text if you don’t feel like watching the video:
The Jedi are all but extinct, the Republic has fallen and in their wake, the Galactic Empire has engulfed the far reaches of the galaxy in fear. Persecuted members of the Old Republic have been thrust into hiding. Only members of the REBEL ALLIANCE dare take a stand against the ruthless Imperial forces. Deep in the Outer Rim territories, the dastardly Director Krennic has discovered the location of a long lost friend; one capable of completing the Empire’s most powerful weapon yet…
Andrew Shackley, who created the crawl, explains that while he doesn’t feel like its presence (or rather, its lack thereof) makes or breaks the film, he believes that Rogue One would have benefited from having one, if only to help audiences get situated with where Rogue One takes place in the Star Wars timeline.
“If any film in the new Star Wars canon needed a crawl just to let people know where are in time in this universe, it was Rogue One. At the very least, I feel these words give added weight to the opening prologue of the film.”
Shakley, a writer and reporter operating out of northern Los Angeles County, first posted his crawl to Reddit, where it gained quite a bit of traction. “When I was formulating the crawl, I needed it to do two things. It was important for it to conform to the pulpy style and language of the series, and it needed to contextualize the action were about to see.”
We’d have to say: mission accomplished (although we wish Shackley had used a better adjective than ‘dastardly’ to describe Ben Mendehlson’s villain. He’s not a space pirate, as far as we know).
(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)