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SCOOP: Is this the working title for STAR WARS EPISODE III?
Anonymous insider tells us what they've heard
By Patrick Sauriol
June 23, 2003
Source: Anonymous source
Ever since George Lucas announced his plans to make new STAR WARS
movies, fans have speculated what the titles of EPISODE I
could be. Before Lucas revealed the title for EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE
, dozens of would-be candidates were mentioned -- but all were far from what the actual title turned out to be. When production began on EPISODE II
, the same fury and speculation arose once again on the internet...but once again Lucas proved them all to be wrong when we learned it was to be ATTACK OF THE CLONES
And perhaps the fans (and the online movie website community) have learned their lesson because the level of speculation as to what the title of EPISODE III
will be has been far less than it has been for the previous two STAR WARS
prequels. Maybe we've learned that trying to anticipate what Lucas has in store for us isn't as easy as we once thought it would be six or seven years ago.
And that is why you should take today's scoop with a heavy dose of salt. Even though the information comes from a trusted source working in the entertainment business the fact remains that, to date, no one individual or website has broken the title of any STAR WARS
film in advance of the Lucasfilm announcement. In short: while we trust our source and they haven't steered us wrong in the past, we still wouldn't bet the farm on this one. If there's one thing learned reporting about the STAR WARS
films it's that Uncle George's mind is about as hard to read as a Jedi performing one of their mysterious mind tricks.
Still with me? If so, here it is:
A source for Coming Attractions
has informed us that the title being used for EPISODE III
(and allegedly by Lucas himself) is REVENGE OF THE SITH
Our source, whose identity and position within show business we will keep anonymous, told us where they heard this information and in what capcity the alleged title has been used. Without breaking our source's confidence and being aware to not jeopardize the jobs of any other individuals, there exists the possibility that the REVENGE OF THE SITH
title may be valid. Nevertheless, it again bears repeating that, even with the high standing that we give our source, we cannot guarantee that this will be the final title used for EPISODE III
. In fact, the REVENGE OF THE SITH
title has even been floated out there as a fan favorite for possible SW3
titles (along with a dozen others.) The only thing that separates our rumor from any others is that we can say that there are individuals working on aspects of the production that have been told that REVENGE OF THE SITH
is what the third prequel movie will be called -- but nothing is for sure until you see the movie poster itself. Who knows? George could be telling his people one thing but in fact he's going to announce STAR WARS EPISODE III: THAT'S ALL FOLKS
sometime this year. Is REVENGE OF THE SITH
misinformation, disinformation or the biggest inside leak yet?
Before we let speculation commence about this tantalizing and unconfirmed piece of gossip, it should be noted that the original title for EPISODE VI
was in fact REVENGE OF THE JEDI
. As we now know, before the movie's release in 1983 the title was changed to RETURN OF THE JEDI
. Depending upon who's telling the tale, the JEDI
title was changed because it was similar to another science fiction movie in production at the same time (STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
was originally called THE VENGEANCE OF KHAN
); or the other story, Lucas changed the title because he felt that Jedi don't seek a cold-blooded thing like revenge. Indeed, it sounds just like something a Sith would do.
Ultimately, time will tell if the Dark Lords will have their revenge in the title credits or not.
[Our thanks to our anonymous source for relaying the info. May the Force be with you!
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