The “Working Title” Names of Every Star Wars Movie

A working title is the name of a movie while it's in the production stage – it could even be the final name of the film itself.

Where movie producers have a desire for some secrecy around a project – or if 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 would have meant absolutely nothing to the average person on the street if they had heard it mentioned.

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, for example, they might up their price because bigger movies have bigger budgets than a smaller independent film would, for instance.
Return of the Jedi featured a very famous working title, “Blue Harvest.” This had an elaborate backstory of being a horror movie. The whole product featured uniforms and hats with the movie's logo and title all over them.

Many fans hope that George Lucas will one day make this so-called horror and release it with its supposed tagline “horror beyond imagination.”

The Family Guy television series used “Blue Harvest” as the title of their first Star Wars DVD.

“Blue Harvest” may have been a response to the movie Red Harvest, which was a film that is said to have partly inspired both Kurosawa films and Spaghetti Westerns by Serge Leoni – both of which had a direct influence on Star Wars.
Anyway, here's a list of the working titles of every Star Wars movie to date.
  • 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.”
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  • The Phantom Menace – “The Beginning The Doll House.”
  • Attack of the Clones – “Jar-Jar's Big Adventure” or “Jar-Jar's Great Adventure.”
  • Revenge of the Sith – “The Bridge.”
  • The Force Awakens – “Foodles” and also “Avco.” It was also potentially named “The Ancient Fear,” but this was never confirmed by the producers.
  • The Last Jedi – “Space Bear.”
  • Rogue One – “Los Alamos.”
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – “Red Cup.”
  • The Rise of Skywalker – “trIXie.” Before that name was decided, the film was initially called “Black Diamond.”
  • A bonus fact is that The Mandalorian's working title for season one was “Project Huckleberry,” season three was “Buccaneer,” and we do not know the working title of season two.
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A shot from the filming site of The Rise of Skywalker showing its working title
We understand that the “Avco” working title had two inspirations; “Avco” was the name of the theatre where The Force Awakens director J.J. 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.

“Red Cup” is a play on the plastic cups that Americans like to drink hoppy beer out of at parties – which are known as “Solo” cups.

Interesting, right?

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