Last week, during EW’s coverage on Rogue One, one particular comment by LFL’s President Kathleen Kennedy stood out compared to the rest of the info revealed about the movie’s reshoots. Kennedy revealed that even now they are not certain about some aspects of the stand alone movies that are supposed to differentiate them from the saga films. We decided to ask the fans and see their opinions about one of them – the opening crawl. Who knows, maybe the results will be helpful in deciding which way to go. Please vote in the poll after the jump…
Here’s what Kathleen Kennedy said to EW last week:
Another thing they’re grappling with, Kennedy says, (and it has nothing to do with the reshoots) is whether Rogue One should incorporate some of the standard tropes of a Star Wars film, like an opening crawl, or whether it should distance itself stylistically from the “saga” trilogy films.
“We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing,” she said. “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
The opening crawl is the signature of the Star Wars Saga films, but should the stand alone movies use it as well? For example the TV shows The Clone Wars and Rebels never used an opening crawl. Let’s see what the fans think on that matter. Perhaps we might help with the decision, although not always what fans want is the right thing. Please cast your vote in the poll below. Keep in mind that the idea of the poll is to determine if you want the stand alone movies to have a crawl or not. It’s not about your prediction what they will choose.
Here’s what SWNN’s Jordan Pate (Hard Case) thinks on this matter:
I don’t really care either way. If it doesn’t have one I don’t think it will hurt the film. But I think it should, and here’s why…
While it is true that Rebels and several novels don’t include a “crawl” element, most Star Wars media does. Most novels at least include the “A long time ago…” bit at the beginning. Every Marvel comic so far has used the crawl format for its introduction in every issue across all SW titles. And while Clone Wars didn’t use one, the opening narration for each episode by Tom Kane served as a crawl. If you listen to it, it basically reads just like an opening crawl would. They use the narration rather than a crawl so that they can set the story up visually as well. I think a crawl in a 22 minute episode would take up too much screen time, thus you have the narration. But it still serves the same purpose.
I don’t think its a must, but in my opinion, at least every film should do an opening crawl. If the other media is mimicking it, its an important device, even if it ends up being solely for nostalgia and getting the audience in the SW mood.
What about you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.