SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead
The working title of Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode IX has been revealed to be Black Diamond. The latest installment in the new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is proving to be a box office juggernaut, raking in a staggering $450 million global opening. In the U.S. alone, Rian Johnson's Episode VIII earned $220 million at the domestic box office.
Lucasfilm's attention, though, is moving on to the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. Just two days ago, J.J. Abrams pitched Episode IX's story to Lucasfilm. The studio seems to have jumped into hyperspace on the final film in the sequel trilogy, and today we've learned the movie's working title.
Fantha Tracks revealed that the working title is Black Diamond. It's worth noting that this site broke the working titles of The Last Jedi (Space Bear) and Rogue One (Los Alamos). As a result, they can be considered a pretty reliable source. Lucasfilm tends to open separate production companies in the UK to produce their Star Wars films. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, for example, managed The Force Awakens. Space Bear Industries (UK) Ltd handled The Last Jedi. According to Fantha Tracks, the production company for Episode IX is Carbonado Industries (UK) Ltd. A carbonado is the toughest form of natural diamond, commonly known as a Black Diamond.
It seems Lucasfilm originally intended to use Carbonado Industries to produce Solo, in a nod to his being frozen in carbonite. Plans changed though, and delays to the Boba Fett movie meant Stannum 50 Labs (UK) Ltd picked up Solo instead.
Working titles vary in terms of their significance. Rogue One's working title, for example, was particularly appropriate. The working title was a reference to the town of Los Alamos, birthplace of the atomic bomb. Considering the movie focused on the creation of the Death Star, that's an amusing nod. On the other hand, The Last Jedi's working title — Space Bear — seems pretty irrelevant.
It's too soon to tell whether or not Episode IX's working title bears any significance. Nobody quite knows how Black Diamonds are formed, but a common theory is that it's under high-pressure conditions in the Earth's mantle. It may be that Rey is the Black Diamond, her heroism formed under the chaos of the First Order's reign. Meanwhile, the diamonds are known for their luminescence, prompting Fantha Tracks to speculate that we'll see some "luminescent" beings in the film. After all, there's no reason Luke couldn't return as a Force ghost.
It's probably wise to take these theories with a pinch of salt. Lucasfilm intended Solo to be produced by Carbonado Industries, not Episode IX. The working title is clearly derived from the company name, so may have no meaning at all for the film. We'll likely learn more when production starts next year.
Source: Fantha Tracks
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017