With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally hitting theaters this week, all eyes are on the very first ever Star Wars standalone from Disney and Lucasfilm. However, with Star Wars: Episode VIII coming out in just about a year, fans are just as eager for any kind of information related to that movie, like an official title for example. Well, in a roundabout way, Disney may have revealed the title for Star Wars 8.
AVS Forum is reporting that Lucasfilm has filed a trademark to the European Union Intellectual Property Office that very well could reveal the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII. According to the report, assuming this trademark is actually the secret title for the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the title would be Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. The title was included in the trademark filing among a massive list of about 2,000 words, consisting of clothing, toys and other items related to future Star Wars endeavors.
With that said, Disney and Lucasfilm have a ton of Star Wars related projects on the burner, so it is far from confirmed that Star Wars: Forces of Destiny will actually wind up being the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII. In all honesty, it sounds more like a video game or perhaps some sort of animated series or something. It really would be a potentially cheesy sounding and underwhelming title for the movie. A couple of the other rumored titles for Star Wars 8 have included Tale Of The Jedi Temple and The Order Of The Dark Side, both of which would seem to be a little be more believable. Though, Forces of Destiny could sort of be seen as a reference to Rey's progression, since The Force Awakens definitely referred to her and now that she has "awakened" she will be progressing with her Jedi training, it seems.
Disney purchased all of Lucasfilm back in 2012 for more than $4 billion, primarily so that they could make a ton of new Star Wars movies over the next who knows how many years. In the four years since the studio made the purchase, we have seen only one new movie in the form of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just had its world premiere and has been met with rave reviews so far. That should be encouraging to fans, but it is definitely encouraging to Disney, so expect for them to start planning the future of Star Wars far beyond Star Wars: Episode VIII and (IX}.
At the moment, very little is known about Rian Johnson's follow up to The Force Awakens. Disney is clearly and understandably focusing heavily on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story right now, so it seems like we will be learning a lot more about Star Wars: Episode VIII after that movie hits theaters. Maybe we will even see a teaser before Rogue One? Or at the very least, maybe a title confirmation sometime next week after the movie opens. We'll have to wait and see. The movie stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Adam Driver. Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release on December 15, 2017.