'Star Wars: Episode VIII' working title revealed; 'Force Awakens' comics adaptation announced

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Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. Reuters/Paul Hackett

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” cast member Carrie Fisher inadvertently revealed the working title of the movie, when she shared a behind-the-scenes picture from the production set. Meanwhile, a comic book adaptation of J.J. Abrams’ movie has been announced.

A picture Fisher shared on Twitter was of her dog sitting in a chair at the production set of the movie. The picture reveals that the working title of the movie is “Space Bear.” A working title of the movie is used to help keep the production a secret, especially at filming locations.

Credit: Twitter/ Carrie Fisher

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had “Foodles” as a working title. Following the success of the movie, there will now be a comic book adaptation. According to a report by Comic Book Resources, it was announced at the annual ComicsPRO meeting that a five-issue comic book series based on the movie will be released soon.

The comic books will be written by Chuck Wendig and the art work will be by Luke Ross. The characters in the comics will resemble the actors who play the roles in the movie. A tie-in novel for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was previously released and similar promo material and other merchandise is expected for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-producer Ben Rosenblatt revealed that director Abrams was conflicted about the final shot of the movie. He had to choose between a close-up of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the shot from a helicopter showing both Rey and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

The idea behind the close-up of Rey was to show that the Force and truly awakened in her. The decision to use the scene of both actors was taken after hearing John Williams' score.

Rosenblatt felt that the scene of both Rey and Luke left the audience with “ this sweeping emotional epic” feeling. He said that the fans can expect more of that in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which is currently being directed by Rian Johnson.