Disney’s Star Wars: Rogue One will introduce a lot of firsts; the first spinoff movie; the first film without the Skywalker family; and the first without a clear focus on the Force. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, it also might be the first Star Wars movie not to feature an opening crawl.
“We talk about that all the time,” Kennedy said. “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.”
Kennedy added that part of what defines the saga films is the opening crawl, and doing the same thing for the spinoffs might throw people off.
“We are having a lot of discussion about what will define the spinoff Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films,” Kennedy explained. “So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.”
On the one hand, it would feel weird to see a Star Wars movie begin without the iconic opening exposition. However, Disney wants to create films that are separate from the main saga, and the easiest way to do that is to strip elements away that people strongly associate with the previous movies.
It’s trickier than you think. We’ll found out whether or not the crawl is there when Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.