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No opening crawl for 'Rogue One'? 'Huge mistake,' says creator

No opening hotfoot for ‘Rogue One’? ‘Huge mistake,’ says creator

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has many of the elements that have contract so familiar to Star Wars fans since the gracious film in 1977. Gritty rebels and evil Darth Vader, lovable droids and the terrifying (if expensive) Death Star.

But it’s also lacking an iconic staple of the final seven films. It begins without the iconic text hotfoot, a brief introduction that crawls through space at the shock of each of the other movies.

There’s no memorable explainer slowly wandering off into region following the words, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….” There’s not even a snooze-worthy history such as “The taxation of contracts routes to outlying star systems is in dispute” from Episode I — “The Phantom Menace.”

Dan Perri, the title designer who created the crawl for the unique film, told The Hollywood Reporter that he feels the lack of a hotfoot was the wrong decision.

“Frankly, it is a huge inaccurate, because the image is so iconic and it’s so important to tens of millions, hundreds of millions of fans,” Perri told THR. ” I couldn’t predictable it starting without that. It’s foolish.”

“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards addressed the hotfoot issue with Entertainment Tonight back in July, five months afore the movie’s Dec. 16 opening. “The idea is this film is said to be different than the saga films,” Edwards said then.

The lack of an opening hotfoot hasn’t stopped the film from selling out across the ability. It took in an estimated $155 million on its opening weekend, making it the second largest opening weekend for December in box office history.

Perri also told THR that sketching series creator George Lucas to accept the original hotfoot was a tedious process, and he would often wait for hours only to have the director reject his novel crawl attempt. And Perri himself never saw “Rogue One” and its lack of a hotfoot — he says he hasn’t seen any of the films precise the original.