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Gareth Edwards Talks Jedha, Vader, and Opening Crawls at SWCE16

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Gareth Edwards is the man of the hour at Celebration.  With the lull between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII, all eyes are focused on Rogue One.  As director of that film he is front and center walking the line between hype and secrecy.   The details of Rogue One are still quite a mystery.  But as the weekend is unfolding we are being exposed to additional bits here and there that are starting to bring aspects of the film more into focus.  A lot of good content came out of the main Rogue One panel yesterday, but after the panel ended a select group of media attendees got a chance to have a brief roundtable interview with Edwards.

 

 

Slashfilm has a full video and transcript of the interview up on their site.  One of the most interesting exchanges was spurred on by a question from BMD’s Devin Faraci who asked Edwards for more details on the mysterious planet Jedha.  Here is Edward’s very interesting response.

 

It came from the fact that the era that our film is set in in theory doesn’t have any Jedi. So the idea of having a Star Wars film that doesn’t talk about the Force… If you look at what George was great at is although he got a story about one thing, he’s implying a million other things in the background and ideas that are much wider, and obviously our film is using that and telling a story within it. But for me it’s like if A New Hope is kind of the story of Jesus, there must be a whole religion beyond that, and so it felt like what was it a thousand generations the Jedi were the leaders of the spiritual belief system, so it’s like there’s gotta be like a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world. It felt very contemporary to have a situation where the Empire were imposing themselves on what means a lot to the spiritual side of Star Wars for their own reasons, their own goals, and within that area there’s a resistance that’s building and trying to fight back, but our characters end up having to go to Jedha and they basically end up getting pulled into their story a bit.

 

 

The whole real backstory of it all is really more a thing for the canon and Lucasfilm, but I feel like it’s definitely…if you believe in the Jedi and you believe in the Force, it feels like Jedha is somewhere you should visit in your lifetime. It’s like a spiritual home of the Jedi.

 

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Edwards also discussed Vader’s role in the film a bit.

 

[Vader]’s got such a gravitational pull, the second he shows up you just get sucked into Darth Vader. So it was a process to try and figure out how to pepper that in in a way that felt right. When I read the first document, which is “this is what we’re thinking of doing” I was like “Oh my god, they’re going to do that film? Jeez.” And at the time I thought they must have sent it to hundred other people and I accidentally got it by mistake. Then I realized they were going to do it, and I was like “i could never live with myself to be two years from then and it’s coming out and this is happening and there’ some guy here going “yeah, so we filmed in 360” and I’d be going “God damn I could have been doing that!” So you have to do it.

 

Edwards also jokingly commented on the pains for him, as a fan and teh director, in having to correct so many questions and jokes about where all the Bothans are in the film?

 

Yeah, I don’t even want to start on that because this comes up all the time and you’re like “No, no…” … I don’t even have to [explain it] because for every person who says that there’s someone on the forum just below them that goes “You idiot!”

 

For details on how Jedha was filmed and more check out the video embed below for the entire conversation.  Or head to Slashfilm or BMD for transcripts.

 

 

 

In a separate piece, ETonline had brief conversations with both Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy where they asked the directly about the presence of an opening crawl for Rogue One.  It seems like it is a matter of much debate over at Lucasfilm, but from the comments it seems like Rogue One will likey not have one as they would like to differentiate these stand alone stories from the main saga.

Check out the video from ET below.

 

 

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  • ob1adobe

    Glad it sounds like they are not doing a crawl. Happy about that. Looking forward to rogue one but I want ep viii so bad!!!!!

    I know people are not all that hyped of or Han Solo, myself included, but I think once we start seeing pics and teasers, and trailers, with som Star Wars action, that will change.

    • Longstar

      Yeah, Im slowly warming up to the Han Solo movie. I think they nailed the casting of Solo. I was hoping for a crawl, but Im okay with their decision.

      • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

        I’ll like it if they digitally erase his face and use something a little bit more… Han.

        • Longstar

          It is what it is. BUT if its going to happen, you can only hope they get it right. Lord nd Miller and the casting of Solo seems on point. We also have Kasdan writing. As soon as that first teaser or trailer hits, we will all be going nuts. They will go ALL out for the Solo movie.

    • Kenny Ritchie

      I’m actually looking forward to Han Solo. Have been since the announcement. Believe they have a good team behind it.

    • SonOfConstantDiligence

      I’ve been saying this from the beginning. People are just so cynical these days it almost ruins everything before we get a chance to enjoy anything.

      Everybody acts like they hate this and that at first, but then when we it comes closer to the release, everybody has warmed up to it.

      You’ll see… people who were originally anti-Han Solo film, will be the ones acting like they loved the idea all along. Lol

      That’s why you can’t trust the internet when it comes to the perception of things.

      • Filmfreak

        Nah man, there will be even more people moaning and complaining about it because its not what they wanted. For further proof of this, just look at the above comments regarding how rogue one is so different from what the star wars franchise usually puts out, yet less than six months ago, yet those same people were complaining about TFA being too much like Star Wars. It never ends.

        • SonOfConstantDiligence

          Those are very similar to the people who hate everything.

        • SonOfConstantDiligence

          I agree there are people who will never be pleased. Even if they like something they still point out things they didn’t like. I don’t understand where this kind of mindset gets you, lIke who wants to associate with people who are never happy.

          • Filmfreak

            Sorry about that. Should have clarified my comments there. Was kind of reacting a tad bit emotionally earlier. What i really wanted to point out was how the online community, when it latches onto something , be it an opinion (such as max landis nary sue comment) or a small flaw in something, the internet has a way of taking that small aspect of the community and blowing it way out of proportion (also known as hyperbole) to the point where it becomes somewhat frustrating to have a civil conversation with others because they are basically repeating like partots what others have written.

            • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

              Another good example is the phrase “George ruined my childhood” when referring to the prequels. These comments in particular I wish would just be wiped off the internet.

              • Filmfreak

                Now thats just crazy talk. George lucas didnt ruin my childhood, freaking polio did.;)

          • There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging the flaws of something — I like TFA but I can see a long list of things that didn’t work as well as I’d like or are lazy. Hell, ROTJ is a hot mess of Lucas trying to tie up dropped loose ends that somehow hangs together enough to still be great. ESB has stuff that makes no sense but is still an incredible movie. Conversely, I didn’t like the prequels but I don’t wish ill on Lucas or refuse to acknowledge that they have good moments and good ideas buried in there.

            Petulant, entitled negativity is something else.

    • The MacGuffin Guy

      I didn’t like the idea of a Han Solo film simply because there are other stories i would rather have seen, but as long as they are making it, particularly with such talented people behind it, I’m sure the final product will be pretty awesome- so I’m still excited.

      • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

        An Old Republic film (or collection of films,) an Obi Wan Kenobi movie, a live-action Ahsoka Tano movie, a post-ROTJ live action movie…..

        The list of interesting Anthology film potentials goes on and on…..

        …. But Disney chooses to pull a Chris-Pine-Shatner on us.

        • Longstar

          Dude.. Theres atleast two or three other Anthology movies already in the works that we have no idea about. So that could all very well still happen. Some fans forget that theres other movies in production and rumors that theyre already planning episodes 10-12 as we speak. They’re just holding alot of stuff back atm and we have to wait as much as it sucks

        • Ethan Howard

          I like the idea of Rogue One, but damn that list would be so freaking dope. I really want a film that delves into the trippy aspects of the force like TCW and Rebels have shown off.

  • Petar Ramljak

    I really want a crawl,I understand they want separate SAGA MOVIES and Stand alone movie, I think it is enough just to put instead ”A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY” they could just put ”A STAR WARS STORY” then crawl comes out. I think that’s enough to know what is saga film and STAR WARS Story

  • Crixxxx

    Do we really need 3 paragraphs of floating text to tell us what’s going on? Can the situation not be explained enough within the film’s dialogue? Most movies can do that successfully without on onscreen text prologue. The Star Wars crawls are a fun homage to the old Flash serials, but keep them in the episodic saga. Time for a new approach in these spinoffs in that they should not be held back by certain stylistic requirements of the previous films. If you can’t deal with a change as basic as that, then maybe the whole idea of spinoffs is not for you.

  • Ian Long

    I went back and forth with the crawl and when it comes down
    to it, I’m fine with them not doing it. I do think not having the crawl will
    distinguish it from the saga films. In my way of thinking, it would feel too
    much like I was watching one of the “episode films” and I want this to feel
    similar but different at the same time.

    There’s going to be enough in the movie
    that lets’ me know this is a Star Wars world so I don’t need the crawl, or, A
    long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away, or even the original theme song, blasting
    its patriotic, bellicose, warring, thrums.

  • Steven

    I’m good with or without the crawl, and understand how something different might be the best approach. If it was down to me though, there would be a crawl.

  • Ian Long

    I went back and forth with the crawl and when it comes down to it, I’m fine
    with them not doing it. I do think not having the crawl will distinguish it
    from the saga films. In my way of thinking, it would feel too much like I was
    watching one of the “episode films”… and I want this to feel similar but different at the same time.

    There’s going to be enough in the movie that lets me know that we’re in a
    Star Wars world, so I don’t need: the crawl, or, A long time ago in a galaxy
    far, far away…. or even the original theme song, blasting its galactically
    patriotic, bellicose, warring thrums.

  • DEKKA129

    The problem is, aside from a comparatively small subset of SW obsessives, the vast majority of the moviegoing world isn’t going to have this need to pigeonhole the films as “saga” or “non-saga”. To them, this is just going to be a Star Wars movie that doesn’t open like a Star Wars movie.

    If this is the direction they’re going, why not just use bad house music or some cheesy auto-tuned vocals throughout the movie instead of a bona-fide SW soundtrack? That’d make it “distinct” from the numbered films too…

    • Rabo Karabekian

      Whatever makes the most money. Seriously, Disney and KK are going to milk the franchise for as long as possible and for as many $$$ as possible. They don’t care about fans. They are only being careful about canon and things like that because they want to keep SW fans thinking we are important so we are paying up for as long as the cob lasts. This SWC was the most blatant money grab yet. KK and Disney are just following the playbook of GL but pretending to be much more kind & respectful of the fans. I prefer the Marvel strategy where they are honest that its commerce.

      • Zman HD

        you cynical little….

        • Filmfreak

          Hey remember last year when the complaint of the day was that jj made a fan pleasing film? Now its gone into they dont care about us because they are trying to come up with new things. Anyone notice the snake eating its tale metaphor in here?

          • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

            Actually, to me Rogue One still seems to be another please-the-fans deal. (Real sets, costume aliens, OT era, Darth Vader, etc…)

            I welcome any bit of originality and outside-the-box thinking.

            • The MacGuffin Guy

              I’m mostly just pleased with the new ships! Seeing the classic ships was fun, but the new ties and x-wings seemed a bit too similar except for the engines and paint jobs. The U-Wing and Tie-Striker are closer to what i though I was gonna see in episode 7.

            • SonOfConstantDiligence

              That’s very subjective isn’t it?

              • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

                Is it? I’m pretty sure Star Wars fans know an original idea when they see it. (Hence why so many people commented in this message board. See above.)

                • SonOfConstantDiligence

                  Well considering the original Star Wars was just a copy of the Hidden Fortress mixed with the dambusters, mixed with space fantasy, all while using the formula of Joseph Campbell’s Hero of A Thousand Faces. Where do we draw the line that something is original or not. Sure, Star Wars is creative and is a nice remix but hardly original.

            • Zman HD

              Look around you. Every franchise movie is trying to please the fans in some way. What is wrong with that? If you’re going to start revisiting such a large franchise, would you just start off with some Old Republic movie? To make a few people like you happy? What the hell? You would get literally no recognition and earn 0 at the box office.

              Rogue One’s originality is in its gritty war tone and the fact that there are new characters. What else do you want?
              Real sets, costume aliens, and some resemblance to the OT is mandatory, if you don’t have that, everyone will riot including you.
              Try not to see everything in such a cynical light. The movie actually looks very different, and they are clearly trying to stay at the healthy balance of familiar and new.
              Yet people will complain no matter what direction they go.

          • Rabo Karabekian

            I wasn’t complaining JJ made fan friendly film. I complained he made an unoriginal film.

            • Filmfreak

              There was nothing in your previous post that mentioned JJ abrams or TFA. Every piece of criticism was targeted directly towards Kathy and Disney for not caring about the fans because of the (gasp) radical change in opening a film. I was responding to the fact that last year tthre was an equal amount of complaining over a film that pretty much catered to almost every complaint that was ever brought up by George Lucas prequel trilogy. Judging by the 2 billion dollar gross as well as the surprising amount of people at SWCE both young and old dressed as rey, kylo, poe, and finn, i would say that your evaluation of how YOU feel as a fan does not apply to everyone. Your more than welcome to share opinions and voice your concerns, just dont pretend that everyone else agrees with you. Otherwise you start to sound like Film Critic Hulk in his analysis of TFA where he judges the success of the film based off of his very small closed off group of people that pretty much agree with him on everything.

        • Rabo Karabekian

          I’m a cynic. But am I wrong about this?

          • Zman HD

            Not completely, but any good intentions will go over your head, a lot of stuff you suspect ends up being emotional projection, really ruins the simple fun in entertainment.

      • SonOfConstantDiligence

        And you know this how exactly? Or is this just a conclusion you’ve jumped to?

    • The MacGuffin Guy

      I’m cool with the decision to not have a crawl. They already don’t have williams scoring it so you likely won’t here any bona-fide SW sountrack beyond a few callbacks to the imperial march. I feel like star wars obsessives like me are the only people who will even care if it opens differently. Its like when people debated if they should use the fox fanefare. We all missed it when it wasn’t there but then 3 seconds in everyone forgot about it. Think of how tiny the word “star wars” appears in the logo. This is ROGUE ONE (a star wars story). Rather than STAR WARS: Rogue One. I think the folks at Disney don’t even want this to feel like a star wars movie as much as its own very different thing that just happens to be set in this universe. This movie will use slow-mo and various techniques that aren’t very “star wars”.

      • DEKKA129

        “I think the folks at Disney don’t even want this to feel like a star wars movie”

        That’s what I’m afraid of with this whole one-off series, actually.

        Between some of the things we’re hearing about Rogue One (handheld “shaky-cam” style, ditching the traditional Star Wars opening, blahblahblah) and casting some generic-looking dude bro as Han Solo for the next “Star Wars story” movie, it’s beginning to feel like they’re not particularly concerned with maintaining brand integrity.

        It almost reminds me of when an American production team was going to make an “American version” of Fawlty Towers back in the late ’70s. John Cleese wasn’t involved, but they periodically called to update him on the project. On one such call, according to Cleese, the producer gushed about how excited they were and how well the project was coming together. “We’ve made a few changes, of course. For one thing, we’ve written out the character of Basil Fawlty.”

        If Disney truly wants to make Star Wars movies that don’t feel like Star Wars movies, well… that’s obviously their prerogative, but I sure don’t have much use for the idea.

        • The MacGuffin Guy

          Yeah I totally understand that feeling. I really don’t have much use for spin-off movies of any kind (let alone for star wars). From everything I’ve seen Rogue One looks like a cool sci-fi war film and I’m excited for it, but I’m not going to go in expecting any of the star wars tropes save for one or two familiar characters.

        • Filmfreak

          Sooooooo we just went from complaining that TFA is to much like prior the original trilogy and felt more like the studio was branding and playing it safe and freaking out about the rogue one reshoots to suddenly saying that this new approach feels like they are straying away from star wars. To quote mr plinkett: my brain is collapsing in on itself!

          • (((Padre De Perritos)))

            Not “too much like the prior original trilogy”. More like “copied exact elements of the plots”. There’s a big difference.
            ANH and TESB have a lot of the same “things” in them, but the plots are different. Not so much with TFA.

            • Crixxxx

              The Phantom Menace copied just as many plot elements from A New Hope as the Force Awakens did, if you really think about it. It even ended on an exact duplicate shot. But because the aesthetics of TPM were so different, it escaped the same “remake” complaint that people are throwing at TFA. The reality is that all this movies mirror one another and follow the same structural formula.

              • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

                Plus, TPM had a whole truck-load of original stuff that weren’t in Episode 4-6.

                • Crixxxx

                  And TFA had nothing original? BB-8’s design? Force-induced flashbacks? Women in the opposing command? Deserting stormtrooper protagonist? Space Pirate gangs? Maz? The church of the force? A whole bunch of new alien species? The first Jedi Temple location? I’ll take all of these before Jar Jar stepping in poop, a boring queen who changes dresses every 5 minutes, dull Senate debates about trade disputes and an bunch of aliens with racist accents.

                  • Filmfreak

                    Dont forget the flatly staged scenes with actors sitting shot reversed shot, george basically ripping off of himself and others (be it the city above the clouds, now the city above the water, or how coruscant is basically a ripoff of blade runner’s futuristic city) as well as dropping whole subplots (such as who syfo dias was and how dooku was involved in it) because he suddenly realized oh snap Im at episode 3! I gotta wrap this s**t up. Mind wipes for everyone!

                  • Bobby Sharp

                    Can I like this more than once?

                  • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

                    BB8–unused mcquarrie Art.
                    Women in the opposing command– see the novels.
                    Space pirate gangs—see books, rebels, and clone wars
                    Maz—- see the little green man on Dagobah
                    Church of the force—-wasn’t even mentioned in film
                    New alien species—see cantina in IV
                    —first Jedi temple–ok, THAT was original.
                    Six new planets—– pretty sure ROTS had close to six.

                    If you don’t like the costumes or trade disputes in TPM, I’ll gladly watch them in your stead… You can keep the boring t-shirt designs of TFA, the glorified Haloween mask-looking aliens, and the lack of politics (war isn’t all about big guns and fighting, there are lots of political moves too, FYI.)

                    • Filmfreak

                      Im not sure I understand your point of reused art . coruscant itself is old unused mquarrie artwork (at least from what i remember, could be wrong though) plus the look of the jedi knights are basically derivative of alec guiness’s look rather than using the cool white look they originally had planned. Also love the fact that apparently Jedi knights only have 2 types of lightdaber colors (the only exception being the biggest box office draw havibg a purple one) how about kamino basically being cloud city remixed? Or how geonosian ships look like bespin ships? Or how clonetroopers have the same look that stormtroopers do even though the symbolism of the oppresive nazi regime is a tad inappropriate for an army fighting a unified confederate state? Or how geonosis is just an orange tatooine with termites instead of jawas? Heck even Coruscant is basically the city from blade runner just with the lights turned on.

                      And yes politics do play a big part in the machinations of war. But when your story is not driven by people and the audience is asked to go along for the ride, all the interesting concepts fall to the wayside. Batman v superman has an interesting premise in which superman is viewed through many different lenses, but the film doesnt bother to really develop its characters or dramatize any of the political subtext other than it being he must be stopped or he is a hero. If Lucas really did want to explore the political machinations of how a republic falls and collapses from within, he would have found a way to dramatize those ideas with his characters and have them react or change the course of historybased off of theirown experiences what we have come to know of them. Instead we are mostly told not shown that this is what happens, while being given flimsly reasons that are stretched for ovwr three movies (such as anakin turning evil because he wanted to stop all the people in his life from dying) but hey obi, as you yourself have preached in your old age, its all from a certain point of view….

                    • Mr_Crankypants

                      “the symbolism of the oppresive nazi regime is a tad inappropriate for an army fighting a unified confederate state?”
                      This is exactly the point that was being made though – the slippery step from ‘fighting for freedom’ to ‘fighting for safety’ and fascist control of a society was the point Lucas was setting up there.

                    • Filmfreak

                      Ah that’s true your right. Cool!

                    • SonOfConstantDiligence

                      Using mcquarrie art as inspiration isn’t unoriginal.

                      Using the novels and comics as a comparison now, then nothing the filmmakers can do would ever be considered original.

                    • Mr_Crankypants

                      “Simpsons already did it.”

                    • Crixxxx

                      Please link an image of Ralph’s BB-8 design.
                      Who cares about novels? I’m talking about the movies.
                      Yoda was an artifact-collecting space pirate who ran a bar in a castle? Since when?
                      The whole opening village scene were the members of the church of the force. The fact that their name doesn’t get mentioned doesn’t mean they don’t exist and weren’t an original concept for the film.
                      Which alien species (besides Chewie) in the cantina were also in TFA? None.
                      Which of the planets in TFA were in any previous movie? Also None.

                      Nice try there, bud… And the aliens in TFA looked amazing. I’m sure you’d prefer some terrible-looking cartoon CGi piece of crap to go with the enthralling Galactic Senate C-SPAN sessions and people sitting around on couches talking about boring governmental procedures. That’s not Star Wars to me.

              • Filmfreak

                Dont forget how attack of the clones and revenge of the sith both have the same structural setup: after the big major event that sets the plot in motion, both Anakin and Obi wan are split up for story purposes, one for Anakin to continue on his path to the dark side, the other for Obi-Wan to uncover some great mystery that is important to the saga’s backstory (be it the clones on kamino or Order 66) both story points eventually converge onto one planet in which both films end with a 45 minute over the top climax that concludes the story. Only difference being that the icing on the cake is green instead of blue.

              • The MacGuffin Guy

                Many people have less of a problem with similar visuals (three people standing facing the camera during a ceremony, a bianary sunset, etc) than with using similar plot devices (another death star, another droid carrying secrets, etc)

          • DEKKA129

            Did I complain about that? Pretty sure I didn’t.

        • Mr_Crankypants

          (Aside – was that the one that was going to star Rosanne? Thankfully god struck that horror dead.)
          I get the worry about maintaining a feeling, but honestly, don’t you WANT LFL and Disney to use these anthology films to try some different things? They obviously probably won’t with the episodes, but for my tastes, the only thing that would justify churning out endless SW would be if they allow the creative teams on the side films a fair amount of freedom to explore on these smaller movies. There will no doubt be some failures, but as a creative venture, if they’re all locked into feeling the same, what’s the point?

      • Phil Heeks

        “Think of how tiny the word “star wars” appears in the logo.”

        That happened on Empire and Jedi too ;-) :-D

    • Administrator of this facility

      Horizontally scrolling crawl would be cool and different enough to differentiate it from the others

    • Paul D.

      Agreed. Having no scroll wouldn’t make it unique or special; it would make it more like a generic sci-fi film.

      • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

        Lack of a scroll doesn’t make a sci-fi film generic. Using this logic, Blade Runner, Star Trek, and many others are “generic” because they don’t have words traveling vertically through deep space…

    • Mr_Crankypants

      But again, the entire point, the SOLE point in fact, of the scroll was to set the tone for SW with audiences that they were walking into the latest episode of a weekly serial, that they’d just missed the rest of. These anthology films are not episodic, and, so far anyways, don’t function like episodes of a serial with other films, so other than “because we’ve always done it that way”, there’s no reason for a crawl here. I think the direction they appear to be going makes perfect sense.

    • Dani Català
  • Edwards comes across really well in that clip. Everything he’s saying indicates he’s taking the right approach.

  • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

    O….k. So Jedha has spiritual importance to Jedi. What is this importance, and will it even be addressed in Rogue One?

    I hope this doesn’t end up like Hosnian Prime where the system was destroyed and many audiences (including myself) were left wondering: “why should we care?” (Alderaan’s destruction had emotional weight because that was where Leia was from and we knew they were “peaceful and had no weapons.)

  • carsonreeves1

    The mention that Jedha is more of a background deal and for “canon” purposes tells me we might be setting it up for a later Star Wars film, possibly VIII?

  • origonalname112
  • In a far away galaxy

    I can live with no crawl. If the opening scenes are good, I doubt anyone will be too concerned.

  • Paul D.

    Please don’t have autoplay videos, and if you do, don’t put them at the bottom of a long article so I have to scroll down and hit pause before I continue reading.

  • Adavanter Mki

    Well technically I could still wonder where the Bothans are… I mean they did exist! Doesn’t mean I expected them to steal THESE plans. :P

    • Darth Trulane

      I think you’re technically completely missing the point.

      • Adavanter Mki

        I think you both missed mine :P
        But sarcasm is hard to read sometimes.

    • Mathew

      I always thought the Bothans died getting the information for Death Star 2 rather than Death Star 1? :)

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  • BobRoss

    Personally I really like the idea of interpreting Star Wars in new and original ways. In my opinion Star Wars is mainly about the universe it takes place in rather than the stories. For example: The movies grossed over 6 Billion $ (including TFA) but even before Lucas sold the movie rights Star Wars had generated over 20 Billion. As long as I feel at home in the universe I really don’t care what way they use to tell us a story set in this world. A couple of months ago I was watching “The Raid” with a friend. So we had this idea about a movie set in between ROTJ and TFA. In order to finally crush the Empire a group of gray Jedi and mercenaries who have survived Order 66 have to infiltrate the imperial palace. Since it is guardd to well on the surface they have to infiltrate it by going in through the foundations of the palace. So they have do descend deeper and deeper into coruscant, layer by layer with more and more degenerated creatures on the way. There would be a lot dirtier fighting then in the original Star Wars, some pretty disgusting creatures and only a very small group of actors. TLDR; I am open to anything new as long as the universe stays the way we have come to love over the years. PS: if you are glad that they will never put me in charge of directing a movie; so am I. I would probably mess it up big time :D

  • Frank Carr

    At first, I hated the idea of not having a scroll in the intro, but then, I realized that they were going to have a problem with numbering the scroll. The other films are all titled I – VII now, with VIII and IX on schedule to be coming out later. So, what will this film be? III.a or IV.0? or maybe some other weird number that looks like a regulation rather than a simple number for the audience to follow? What about future films? Of course, you could have a scroll without that episode number, but I think audiences will be fine without it.

    • acrovader

      Why would they have to have numbering? It’s not an episode like the others.

      • Frank Carr

        I’m not saying they have to; I’m saying that without a number it might be confusing to casual star wars movie goers trying to make sense of the movies, as a whole. It isn’t a big deal; just a minor thing to consider when making deliberations about whether to use a text crawl or not.

        • Antonio

          Thats why casual movie goers should watch the other films before watching this.

    • Uncle Deadly

      When A New Hope originally came out, there was no Episode number.

      • Frank Carr

        Yes, I know; however, there is an episode number for that movie now. What used to be no longer matters. The issue I was talking about is how to proceed going forward when considering how the movies all relate to one another for the casual movie-goer.

        • Uncle Deadly

          I don’t think that’s an issue here. To me, the crawl would have been a great way to explain the setting of Rogue One to the casual fan. I’m sure they will think of some other way.

    • SonOfConstantDiligence

      I agree that I don’t think it ultimately will make a difference or matter in the long run. However, even the comics have a scrawl although they are released in parts so that makes sense for them to have a crawl.

      The books don’t have a scrawl.

    • Antonio

      They dont need a number