On Monday, Disney revealed the title of the upcoming Star Wars movie, which as avid fans know is Episode VIII.
“We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI,” a post on StarWars.com reported Monday morning.
“THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Katheleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski,” the announcement explained. The film is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.
Johnson, the director, is best known for directing the film Looper (2012).
Rather than going crazy about this news, fans took to Twitter to make up titles for the final upcoming film in what Disney called “the Skywalker saga,” Episode IX.
Film critic Scott Weinberg predicted Episode IX would be titled, “Wait We Found Anther Jedi.”
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Episode IX: Wait We Found Another Jedi
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 23, 2017
National Review‘s senior political correspondent, Jim Geraghty, agreed.
Also, Star Wars Episode IX will be called, “Wait, Never Mind, We Found One More Jedi We Forgot About.” #StarWars
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 23, 2017
Others mocked the iconic style of many Star Wars titles.
Star Wars Episode IX: Verb of the Noun.
— Richard Mixin' (@Dougwhelan) January 23, 2017
And then there’s this gem.
In a dark corner of the universe…
Star Wars ep VIII title announced: "The Last Jedi"
Still holding out hope it's "Return of Jar Jar" for ep IXhttps://t.co/3NXblFTSFI
— Dave Jorgenson 🥛 (@davejorgenson) January 23, 2017
Try this on for size:
The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, … With a Kiss.
I’m hoping Episode IX is titled “With a Kiss,” making the trilogy a complete sentence.
— BillyGoat (@billygoat) January 23, 2017
And here’s the natural Star Wars response anytime the “last” of anything is mentioned.
I'm telling you, Episode IX is going to be titled "No, There is Another." #TheLastJedi
— Chris Pirillo (@ChrisPirillo) January 23, 2017
Finally, there actually was some news buried in all of these false Episode IX titles: Lucasfilm denied reports of a Carrie Fisher return via CGI in the final movie.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 14, 2017
Still, it might be telling that even when the title of The Last Jedi was finally released, it was already overshadowed by Episode IX. That is one problem with widely known reports that there will be at least one more movie — people already rush to conclusions.