Who Was Behind the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Title?
Last week Disney and Lucasfilm announced the title for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars movie. It will be called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the fan reaction for that title was mixed. I think it's fine, but there are a lot of people out there that don't like it, but they are just going to have to live with it. This is the first official news that we've seen from the film since the cast was announced. Everything else in between has been lots of fun rumors and speculation.
Star Wars 7 News came across a little bit of news in an interview by Bloomberg, in which Disney CEO Bob Iger talked about how the title came into existence. The Star Wars part of the interview starts at the 10:26 mark in the video below, but here's the quote:
"It was a decision that was made by a few people involved in the process, Kathleen Kennedy who runs Lucasfilm for us, and J.J. Abrams who is directing The Force Awakens… I was gonna say Star Wars VII but now there’s a new name.
"We are involved in the decision. We feel great about the film. We can’t wait until it comes out. We are only one of many that can’t wait."
So it was basically created by the Lucasfilm creative committee. I wonder if they ran it by George Lucas before they went with it.
The title makes perfect sense to me as it has been decades since the events of Return of the Jedi. During that time, only Luke Skywalker has had the knowledge and power to wield The Force. He is supposedly the last remaining Jedi, and he has taken down the order of the Sith. As you know, The Force is a natural part of the Star Wars universe. As it's explained, The Force is all around them, and the story of the film will somehow include the awakening of The Force on both the light and dark sides.
The Force will awaken on December 18th.