Would “Rogue One” have been even better with this awesome fan-made title crawl?
Don’t get us wrong, we Star Wars fans are delighted with any new film chronicling our favorite intergalactic adventure series. That said, there was something distinctly missing from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The opening crawl! You know, that part of the movie where it says, “A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”? Yeah, that little bit was distinctly absent. Even if you didn’t notice at first, isn’t it driving you crazy now?
Thankfully, California-based fan Andrew Shackley created his own opening crawl according to Hollywood Reporter, and we think he did a bang-up job.
It’s all there: the intro music, the instantly recognizable yellow font, even that distinct sci-fi tone. In fact, the crawl wasn’t even hard to make — a Star Wars Intro Creator already exists, because the internet.
The text reads as follows:
"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…"
His version definitely keeps the spirit of opening crawl in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
.We think Andrew did a great job setting the stage and reminding us what’s going on in this particular Star Wars chapter. If you watch the crawls back to back, you’ll see he definitely took inspiration from the original.
Here’s the new version for Rogue One
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And here’s the original for Star Wars: A New Hope
"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 we were about to see," Andrew said, according to Hollywood Reporter. "If any film in the new Star Wars canon needed a crawl just to let people know where we 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."
You’re so right, Andrew! We’re so happy you chose to reinstate the opening crawl where it rightfully belongs.
Remember, rebellions are built on hope…and fan-made innovations!