‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ is a major game changer to begin with, as it’ the first anthology movie set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe but that isn’t part of the traditional trilogies.  As such, it appears that director Gareth Edwards and the execs at Lucasfilm Ltd. might be making a huge departure from what we’ve seen so far.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy delivered some rather startling news, when 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.”

So, ‘Rogue One’ may be the first ‘Star Wars’ movie to not feature the opening crawl or scroll at the beginning.  Apparently, because this film isn’t part of the main “saga” Lucasfilm and Disney are seeking to distance it somewhat from those films.  Is that wise?  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Disney also has a second non-saga film in the works, of course, the “young Han Solo” movie being directed by Chris Miller and Chris Lord, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the iconic smuggler.  Presumably, if fans don’t melt down when ‘Rogue One’ comes out without the famous scroll we’ll see a similar change with that movie.

It makes one wonder what other deviations the new movies will make.  But for traditionalists, next winter will see the release of ‘Episode VIII’ which will carry on the main saga.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, and Jiang Wen and will fly into theaters on December 16th, 2016.

Directed by Rian Johnson, ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio Del Toro, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose and Jimmy Vee opens on December 15, 2017.

Source: Cinema Blend