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Genevieve Van Voorhis

How does a franchise like Star Wars always manage to create titles that stand the test of time? With careful deliberation and consideration.

One of the creative directors from Lucasfilm Story Group, Pablo Hidalgo, took to Twitter last December to answer a fan's question about one of the contenders for the title to Episode VII.

For a time, the seventh film bore almost exactly the same title as one of the Star Wars novels: "Shadow Of The Empire." The novel, which was written by Steve Perry in 1996, is called Shadows Of The Empire (plural).

The following is a synopsis of the novel from the Indiewire blog The Playlist:

"Shadows of the Empire illuminates the shadowy outlines of a criminal conspiracy that exists in the background of the events in the movies, ruled by a character new to us. Prince Xizor is a mastermind of evil who dares to oppose one of the best-known fictional villains of all time: Darth Vader. The story involves all the featured Star Wars movie characters, plus Emperor Palpatine and, of course, Lord Vader himself."

Sounds like a good read!

Ultimately, however, the studio decided to go with The Force Awakens.


Which title do you like better?

Source: The Playlist


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