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'Star Wars' Opening Crawl Creator: 'Rogue One' Made 'Huge Mistake'

'Star Wars' Opening Crawl Creator: 'Rogue One' Made 'Huge Mistake'

The creator of the original opening crawl for the 1970s Star Wars films, Dan Perri, is not happy that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did not use the iconic opening shot.

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

Later in the interview, Dan talked about creating the original crawl for George Lucas.

“I had no idea what he was doing, so it was just this stupid space film. I didn’t think anything of it,” Dan said about creating the original crawl in 1977. “Everything I showed him, he didn’t like. So I was constantly going out there with new ideas, and he would tell me to look at certain films. The Buck Rogers films and all the serials from the ’30s that he was using for inspiration.”

“He liked the idea, but then I had to start shooting and testing and setting type. I went through 20 or 30 or 40 different type styles before I settled on one. Once we did that, I shot tests for weeks and weeks and weeks…When I think back on it, it wasn’t fun. It was a difficult project, but I’m happy with the results,” he added.

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