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Oct 18, 2016

What are the 'working title' names of the Star Wars movies?

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What's a working title and what were they for the Star Wars movies?


A working title is the name of a film production - it could even be the name of the film.

Where film producers desire some secrecy around a project or they simply don't want to announce the name of a film yet, they choose a working title so it can be referred to without giving anything away.

For example the Titantic's working title was Planet Ice, which totally would mean nothing to the average dude on the street if they heard about it. 

Productions also used meaningless names to prevent price gouging on locations and services. If a supplier knows that the filming is for the new Batman movie, they might up their price.

If it was for a simple sounding comedy, the usual fee might apply. 

The Return of the Jedi featured a very famous working title, Blue Harvest.

This had an elaborate back story of being a horror movie. The whole product featured uniforms and hats with the movies logo and title all over.

Many fans hope that George Lucas will one day make this so called horror and release it with it's supposed tag line "horror beyond imagination". 

Here's the working and or shipping titles of the various Star Wars movies:

  • Star Wars - Adventures of the Starkiller: Episode 1 - The Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back - There was no working title
  • Return of the Jedi - Blue Harvest
  • The Phantom Menace - The Doll House
  • Attack of the Clones - Cue Ball
  • Revenge of the Sith - The Bridge
  • The Force Awakens - Foodles and also Avco
  • First Anthology: Rogue One - Los Alamos or 'Red Cup'. 
  • Second Anthology - Tin Can
We understand that the Avco working title has two inspirations - Avco was the name of the theatre where The Force Awakens' director JJ Abrams first saw Star Wars and the venue was also one of the first places to install the THX sound system on the release of Star Wars. 

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