Lucasfilm really doesn’t want a lot of distractions for Rogue One, which finally hits theaters this weekend. Yet one news outlet says it might have news for something coming out in a year … you know, that Star Wars film that right now we’re calling Episode VIII.
AVS Forum says it believes that next film in the sequel trilogy will be called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. And we have the European Union Intellectual Property Office to thank for that information, since Lucasfilm spent part of last week filing the trademark.
What lends credence to Forces of Destiny being the name of Episode VIII is the lengthy list of goods and services the name is being trademarked for. The list of items is more than 2,000 words long, and includes items from staplers to Christmas tree ornaments. And yes, motion picture films is on the list, as well as the usual merchandise like toys and various articles of clothing.
Trademarks in the European Union are good for 10 years, but can be renewed indefinitely. Lucasfilm could be working to file those trademark applications now because it’s possible the Disney-owned film company could use Rogue One as a launching pad for an Episode VIII teaser, AVS Forum suggests.
Of course, we won’t know for sure what the next Star Wars movie will be called until Lucasfilm officially releases the name. But Forces of Destiny sounds like a solid name (and some might say certainly better than Attack of the Clones).
Over the weekend, StarWarsForcesOfDestiny.com was purchased, but it’s not clear if it was Lucasfilm who bought the domain, or if someone realized the name wasn’t picked up yet, and decided to jump on it for $10. The page currently displays advertising that seems completely unrelated to Lucasfilm.
Purchasing ForcesOfDestiny.com also could be problematic. That domain currently hosts astrology readings, something it’s done since 2008.
Rogue One comes out Friday. Star Wars: Episode VIII is out a year from now, so get your lightsabers ready.
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