One week ago, the cast for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ was finally revealed after many months of anticipation. Then, we learned that the star-studded list was not complete as some female leads are yet to be decided. Now, it appears that another juicy piece of information has leaked about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film from a galaxy far, far away. Sources say that the subtitle for the movie has been unveiled.
The franchise that George Lucas built is known for many things like Jedis, lightsabers, Ewoks, and much more, but before the crawl even starts, one thing that stands out about the ‘Star Wars’ movies is the massive titles. For instance, the full title of the first film (or the fourth film, depending on how you look at it) is ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’. The latest chapter in the series should be no different and if the latest reports are to be believed, then we have that title already. According to Ain’t It Cool News, the new film is titled ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Ancient Fear’. The reporter also notes that the title refers to the villain played by Max Von Sydow, who is rumored to be a new non-Sith foe for our heroes.
Since the article said that their sources relayed the information back in January along with the information that Abu Dhabi was a shooting location, my guess is that this subtitle is only a working title, which is an alias that a project goes by until an official name is determined or to keep its true nature a secret. Some famous working titles include ‘Group Hug’, ‘Blue Harvest’, ‘Paradox’, and ‘Rory’s First Kiss’ AKA ‘The Avengers’, ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’, ‘Back to the Future’, and ‘The Dark Knight’. A working title might even stick like in the cases of ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘High School Musical’, whereas others like ‘Torchwood’ (an anagram for ‘Doctor Who’ when they were shooting in 2005) are used in different capacities like as the title of a spinoff.
My guess is that since StarWars.com didn’t issue a statement about the name, we should take this subtitle with a grain of salt. They wouldn’t just breeze over something as big as the name of the first film in the post-Lucas trilogy. But what do you think? Do you see the name ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Ancient Fear’ sticking? Or do you think that it’s only a working title and the real one is still to come? Share your thoughts in the comments below.