This December will see the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first Anthology film of its kind that will deviate from the Skywalker-centric adventure we have grown so used to, while bringing to life a few of the familiar elements from classic Saga.
Overall though, it appears that Lucasfilm is eager to shuffle things around when it comes to the intergalactic storyline; it appears that production may be unbinding itself even further from the traditional saga. For example, one Star Wars staple may be under revision: the opening crawl seen at the beginning of each movie. If you have the time, here's a clip to remind you of the classic dragging text opening sequences of the past seven movies:
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, touched on whether the above sequence style will also be appearing in Rogue One, revealing:
“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 did add though that:
“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.”
As for some of the other difference to potentially expect from the Anthologies, Kennedy said:
“One of the things we’re doing with these Star Wars stories is embracing the uniqueness of the different genres, and we’re very deliberately leaning into the various styles of directors that we’re approaching so that each of these movies will very intentionally have a very different tone and style from the saga films."
Finally, the president concluded with a word on what the upcoming movies are gearing up to look like. Speaking about the work of the director on the first project, she said:
"['Rogue One' director] Gareth has shown a stylistic preference that’s much more handheld, visceral, inside-the-action kind of feel. He does a lot of handheld, intimate, close-up work. That’s not something you’ve necessarily seen in a Star Wars movie before. And we brought in [cinematographer] Greig Fraser, to shoot it, who had done 'Zero Dark Thirty.' So a combination of Greig and Gareth has been, I think, fantastic, and it just gives it a really unique style.”
We sure can't wait to lay our eyes on this unique style later this year!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits cinema screens on December 16, 2016.
Do you want the crawling credits to remain in the Anthologies?