Rian Johnson on the unique challenge of crafting The Last Jedi's opening crawl

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Jul 19, 2017

The pressure is on for director Ryan Johnson to deliver an epic, new installment in the Star Wars franchise with The Last Jedi — but it all starts with the opening crawl. No pressure, right?

While speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Johnson said he spent quite a lot of time finalizing the film’s opening crawl, and it was only locked just a few weeks ago. The director admitted the pressure was, understandably, a bit scary. So he just sketched out a rough draft (“terrible” was how he described the first cut) and started tightening it up from there, and even looked back to old George Lucas interviews for inspiration.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“That was petri… Actually, you know, I just did it. I just started writing the draft. I wrote something, and it was terrible. And then I was watching one of the behind-the-scenes things and Lucas said, ‘It’s like writing a haiku.’ I realized as I was refining it what he meant. We didn’t finish the opening crawl and totally lock it until a few weeks ago actually. Because you’re like, ‘Do we need this word, do we need that word, what if we shift.’ It’s like a poem, there’s very little room for error in trying to get it just right. Which is awesome, it’s really fun.”

As for what’s actually in the script? Johnson couldn’t say much of anything, though he did let slip the one word he wanted to include: “Decimated.” Gulp, that doesn’t sound good.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15.

(Via Los Angeles Times)