If you want more proof that Rian Johnson is making his Star Wars movie differently than the ones that followed it, you don’t have to look further than how they handled the title.
USA Today has a feature about five things they learned about Episode VIII from Rian Johnson, and he reveals the movie had its title from the first draft of the script:
“It was in the very first draft I wrote,” Johnson says. So how bad does he want to get that big secret off his chest? “I’ll just blurt it out right now!” he jokes. “All in good time, my friend.”
This is a big departure with how previous Star Wars movies handled the title situation. With the exception of Revenge of the Sith, the previous movies didn’t really have a title until further into production. Revenge of the Sith was always the title of Episode III, which is how it leaked before its reveal at San Diego Comic Con.
When will we hear the official title of Episode VIII? While most people rightfully believe that Celebration is the day, on April 13th with the first teaser, there is a small possibility we’ll get it a month earlier. Disney is holding their Annual Meeting for shareholders on March 8 in Denver, and Iger does like to reveal something about Star Wars at these things. Previously he revealed the title of Rogue One at one of these meetings, so it’s possible he’ll decide to do the same thing with Episode VIII this year.