Yes, Star Wars Episode VIII is still more than a year away. But we Star Wars fans love information, and one piece of information that we have all been hoping to get for quite some time now is the title for Rian Johnson's follow up to The Force Awakens. As much as we all love her, Daisy Ridley broke the news recently that we are still going to have to wait a while to find out the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Ridley, who of course played Rey in The Force Awakens and is reprising her role in Episode VIII, recently appeared on an episode of the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast. During the course of the interview, the subject of the as-of-yet to be revealed title for Star Wars 8 came up. While she didn't even give us a hint as to what it could be, she did give us a rough timeline, and it isn't encouraging for impatient fans. Here is what she had to say.
"I heard a title, but I don't know if it's going to be that. I really don't know much about anything. I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It's going to be a while before it's released I imagine."
So yeah. "A while" is a pretty rough timeline, but it absolutely doesn't mean it will be soon. Disney and Lucasfilm revealed the title for The Force Awakens more than a year out from the release, but that was a very different situation. That was the first Star Wars movie the studio was putting out after the Disney purchase, and the marketing campaign had to be very intense and ahead of things to make the public aware and get fans on board. Now that they have the world's attention again, it appears their marketing strategy for future Star Wars movies is changing.
There have been some rumored titles for Episode VIII, and it is possible that the title Ridley says she heard was one of those titles. A few of the rumored titles that were floating around included Tale of the Jedi Temple, The Order of the Dark Side and Fall of the Resistance. Being that we still don't really have any solid story details about Episode VIII, we can't even begin to guess how right or wrong those titles actually are.
Filming has wrapped on Star Wars Episode VIII, and director Rian Johnson is currently hard at work editing the movie. A rough cut of the movie is supposedly already close to done, or may already be done, as John Williams stated recently that he will begin scoring Episode VIII shortly. With the process already so far along and the release date still more than a year away, that will give Disney and Lucasfilm plenty of time to do reshoots and tighten up the movie, should they decide that is necessary. Given that most of the studio's recent, big movies, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, have had reshoots, we would expect that to be the case.
During Star Wars Celebration last month, many expected that Lucasfilm would release the title for Episode VIII, but that didn't come to pass. Really, there wasn't much big news to speak of on the movie side of things to come to light during this year's event. Right now, it seems like Disney is putting all of their effort into marketing Rogue One, and making sure that the first Star Wars spinoff movie goes well. So, the title for Episode VIII will have to wait for a little (or maybe a lot) longer. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16 of this year, and Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017.