For Star Wars fans, the most fleeting of embers is enough to ignite a forest fire of speculation, so you can understand Disney's hesitation to release the title for Star Wars 8 — traditionally, the title gives an exploding supernova-sized hint to the film's plot, fuelling flames big enough to send the internet into meltdown.
Now in the year of its release, there is still no news on the official title of the next episode, but that doesn't mean the name hasn't already been chosen. In fact, in an interview with Variety, director Rian Johnson revealed that he not only knows the title, but he's had a solid idea of what it would be from the very beginning of production.
After joking there was a risk he may prematurely "blurt it out right now," Johnson teased millions of fans but saying the title will be released "in good time," which surely proves beyond doubt that #StarWars8's alter ego will strongly hint at the direction of the narrative, akin to every episode in the main saga from A New Hope to The Force Awakens.
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How The Title Of 'Star Wars 8' Could Reveal The Tone
Of course, there have been rumors of what the title could be. Last month, #Disney and Lucasfilm registered a trademark for the ambiguously grandiose title Forces of Destiny, which led to speculation this could be the fabled heading, although there are a few reasons why this is likely to be false.
Johnson did also provide some insight into the tone of Star Wars 8, explaining that the emphasis would be on the personal challenges of newcomers Rey, Finn and Poe. He said:
"I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way ‘The Force Awakens’ and the original ‘Star Wars’ movies were.
"I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that."
The insight that Star Wars 8 will in some ways act as a character study — delving a little deeper into individual psyches — ties in with the comments made by Oscar Isaac, who explained that Poe, along with Rey and Finn, will get "tested immensely."
The trouble with that route is how Johnson can maintain the nostalgia-covered vibe from #TheForceAwakens, as well as the humor, while also adding some serious depth and nuance to the franchises leading heroes. In contrast to Johnson, Isaac claimed Star Wars 8 is the "dark second chapter," before backtracking and claiming despite that, it's still "not really dark."
This vagueness was only increased by Adam Driver originally comparing Episode 8 to The Empire Strikes Back — the gritty follow-up to the A New Hope's fluffiness —before also backtracking and claiming the film isn't as dark as we may be expecting. So, in truth, who really knows what's going on.
The Main Saga Should Probably Remain Upbeat
Regardless of the mystery, there's much to be said of the lightness of the main saga; some criticized The Force Awakens for being unoriginal, instead taking many elements from A New Hope. That alone raises the desire in some to see Star Wars 8 take a courageous leap into the darkness.
However, the success of Rogue One, despite it's comfortless nature, has proven that spin-offs allow the opportunity for #StarWars fans to have their star-studded cake, and eat it. Taking that into consideration, the main saga works best when it's fantastical and upbeat — the hallmarks fans love.
Consequently, perhaps we shouldn't hold our collective breath for the title being revealed as: Star Wars: Kylo Ren Brutally Massacres Everyone You Love From The Franchise.
What would your ideal Star Wars 8 title be?