STAR WARS EPISODE VII Is Called THE FORCE AWAKENS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Just that. No Episode VII. Just Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That's the title of the next Star Wars movie, hitting in December of 2015.
It sounds like the first sentence of a short story. "The Force Awakens. Jesus, how much did it drink last night? Its head is pounding. Who is the woman in the bed. Wait... She's not breathing." Which is a positive or a negative, depending on how you look at it. It's not a terrible title, that's for sure - this is no Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. It's definitely quite middle of the road - so middle of the road it sounds like it could be the title of a random Star Wars comic or video game or board game or breakfast cereal.
It's the lack of Episode VII, which seems to be official, that interests me. In the brave new Disney era they're getting rid of the episodes in the title probably because they intend to go 20 more movies deep in the main saga, and ain't nobody wants to go to the cinema to see Star Wars Episode 16. I'm not quite sure how they'll be differentiating the spin-offs from the main saga, although maybe that's on purpose - they want to blur the lines.
What do you think? Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've certainly had worse.