Working Titles For ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Revealed?

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Arguably more than any other film in the series, the title of Star Wars: Episode VII is the most important. It not only marks the return of the cinematic universe but it must overcome the negative buzz and mixed reactions to the prequel trilogy. The franchise needs to (re)start on the right foot and has the highest of expectations, so that title, that branding that will kickstart what could be the biggest franchise ever (again), means so much.

It also marks the beginning of the Star Wars franchise under new ownership at Disney and under a new creative vision with a new director, writer and new cast, which made the previously rumored title of Episode 7 oddly fitting: A New Dawn.

Our friends at Latino-Review may have discovered the answer to one of the questions we’re all wondering. Their insider reveals that the two working titles for Episode VII based on a screenplay written by Michael Arndt (Oblivion, Toy Story 3) are Return of the Sith and Rise of the Jedi.

Let’s forget for a moment that Harrison Ford being hesitant on returning (he’s going to return) and focus on the naming of the numbered Star Wars installments so far, not counting the animated feature, in chronological order of release.

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (originally just “Star Wars”)
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (originally subtitled Revenge of the Jedi)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Note the title of Episode III paying homage to the original title of Episode VI, a title that was changed pre-release at the last minute because “revenge” wasn’t a word that should be associated with the Jedi Order. The two working titles for Episode VII though both refer to the resurgence of both the Jedi and Sith orders, meaning the Force will play a big part in the trilogy. Hopefully Abrams and co. forget about the Midi-chlorians reveal in Episode I that completely dashed the mystery the “Force” in the prequels.

LR explains that these are working titles George Lucas had when working on Star Wars stories again for episodes 7-9 (or perhaps even treatments for episodes 7-12), something his son Jett Lucas confirmed his dad was doing before selling the empire to Disney. Both titles are a little uninspired and generic, especially considering the naming of the third installment in each trilogy so there’s a good chance neither will be used.

Which title do you prefer? And if you could name it anything, what would it be?

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Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015, though it could wind up delayed until the Winter Holiday Season.

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  1. Sadly it doesn’t matter what the call it, people are going to b**** about it anyway.

    • If either of those titles turn out to be real, it may be an indication over just how unimaginative the writers are. I don’t mind if the subject does go over the jedi or sith coming back, but damn can we please, as a people, move away from “rise of” or “return of”. At least for a little while.

      • Bet there pissed Family Guy beat them to Something, Something, Something Darkside!

  2. Meh.

    So the next next trilogy will be;
    – Star Wars: Episode X: Rise of the Return
    – Star Wars: Episode XI: A Good Return to Rise Hard
    – Star Wars: Episode XII: Return of the Sith: Jedi Rising: Returnier

  3. None of the two sound good, too derivated…even “A New Dawn” isn’t a good idea… They should keep away from any of the previous keywords: no Menace, Attack, Revenge / Return, New, Strike, Jedi or Sith… go for something fresh… Age of the Force, Rise of the Fallen…be my guest…

    • My…I just realized my two titles are actually based on Transformers titles. But at least they’d be “fresh” to the Star Wars universe… much better than “Rise of the Jedi” or “Return of the Sith”…

    • Those are fresh? Because we don’t already have Age Of Ultron and Age Of Extinction…

  4. Isn’t this old news?… it feels like old news…

  5. What about Resurrection of the Jedi? Or simply Resurrection

  6. I don’t care what they call it as long as I have more star wars.

  7. Star Wars VII: The Force Within


  9. How ’bout they just lose the “Star Wars: Episode…” business altogether and just give us a new film with its own standalone title that can hold its own next to the first trilogy?

  10. You know what would be a good title? Heir To The Empire.

    • No kidding. I hope that we at least get to see some Bohans.

      • *Bothans, LOL.

        • Didn’t all the Bothans die to bring you this film?

  11. The Jedi reborn.
    Defenders of the force.
    the jedi are coming, the jedi are coming. (Just kidding)

  12. Not that I have ANY good ideas for a new title, but it should be a rule for them to include nothing from any of the previous titles. so no Revenge, or Return, or New, or Sith, or Jedi, or Hope, or Menace for that matter. If you really think of it, the best title of the series was The Empire Strikes Back. It’s well worded and interesting. And this is from someone who barely likes that movie (its still great, I’m just saying I could take it or leave it, I’m not a diehard fan of the film). Just “A New Dawn” sounds pansy and lame. I’m not saying it has to be “the Scourge of the Dark Side” or something really out there and dark, but a New Dawn sounds more like I’m going to be watching the NeverEnding story. not star wars. And for the record, I honestly don’t want to hear any casting updates until a poster is released or something, all this speculations exhausting, could we try NOT talking about star wars please? Just wait till it comes out. See I have 0 expectations (except maybe a good title I mean seriously, its the TITLE), and I’m willing to bet I’ll enjoy the movie more than anyone else because despite me being a huge star wars fan, I just want to be entertained. so why did I comment at all if I don’t want to hear information? well because I DO want to know the title. see? covered all the bases. come at me trolls.

  13. I dont care what its called as long as Im in it!

  14. Stars Wars VII: Darkness Rising

  15. Out of all the rumored titles I’ve read about, I think ‘A New Dawn’ is still my favorite due to its similarities of ‘A New Hope’.

  16. How about…

    “Star Wars: Anything Expect for Stating the Obvious”

  17. Star Wars episode VII: Rise Of The Bounty Hunter

  18. How about:

    Star Wars Episode VII: Curse of the Dead Black Man’s Saber At Rim’s End with Mace Windu
    Star Wars Episode VII: Raiders of the Lost Ark of the Temple of Kingdom of the Crystal Jedi

    or best of all…

    Star Wars Episode VII

  19. Star Wars: Wrath of Thrawn

  20. Star Wars: Dude! Where’s my lightsaber

    Star Wars VII: The movie that ate your face.

    but in all seriousness those 3 possible titles are a bit pants.

    Something simple yet affective and leave off the Returns, Rise, Resurgeance nonsense.

  21. i remember this good game for n64 called…

    “Shadows of The Empire”

    even though its between the timeline of episode 5 & 6
    still sounds like a good title

    and they can introduce a new villian in…
    Dark Prince Xizor, head of the Black Sun crime syndicate

  22. If the Jedi is gone (with a few exceptions, like Luke) and Luke is becoming a teacher in the ways of the force (which I swear I heard that is his role in the next three movies) then Rise of the Jedi would make more sense of those two options…

  23. Let’s have a title that doesn’t have any Star Wars “key” words in it! No jedi, return, new, clones, sith…

    I’ve got it! The Phantom Menace!!! Does anyone remember how freaked out everyone was when the title was announced?! But it was a NEW Star Wars movie! What does the title matter? “Star Wars Episode VII: Chewbacca’s Life Day” would probably give me a moment’s pause. (Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all returning?! Again?)

  24. Star Wars Episode VII: I Cant Believe Its Not Butter

  25. Between those 2 titles, I’d have to say that if the story is more about a resurgence of the dark side after 40 years of Republic rule, then go with Return of the Sith. I reeeally wanna see the actual Sith species as well, though, admittedly, that will probably not happen. If the story is more about the creation of a new Jedi Counsel and the Jedi permeating through more of the Republic like they were before Anakin turned to the dark side, then go with Rise of the Jedi. If that is the case, I’d really like to see the Jedi in hiding sort of come out of the woodwork. Yoda was hiding, there could be more. I know he said Luke was the last but maybe he didn’t know or wasn’t telling the whole truth in case Luke turned dark or Vader beat it out of him or something.

  26. Star Wars Ep 7 : Generation Next! — just kidding — i believe that any of the floating tittles are fine ( maybe Dawn of the Jedi) . Just as long as we get a great movie !

  27. I recommend Episode 7: Beacon of Hope

    • Totally read that as bacon of hope

  28. Star Wars Ep7: Return of the Lense Flare