HOLLYWOOD – Star Wars 7 changes title from The Force Awakens to the Ewok and the Droid.
JJ Abrams revealed that they had decided that The Force Awakens was too generic a title, so they decided to go with something more thematically true to the picture. The Bad Robot director told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that:
Disney were really looking at films they were making in the 80s when the Star Wars star shone brightly, and the film they’ve come up with as their model is The Fox and the Hound. This links up to the Pixar model of the mismatched companions who learn to become friends. Think of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Obviously the Star Wars film wouldn’t make much sense with toys playing the parts, or animals for that matter. Star Wars has always essentially been about complex nuanced characters. So they’ve come up with an Ewok who befriends a droid, similar to, but crucially not R2D2 (he’s red). When the idea was first broached in a writer’s meeting, you could hear the cheer go up from the parking lot.
Abrams also said that the films will – for artistic purposes – primarily be aimed at a young audience with a lot of disposable income and the adults will come for the wiseacre humor and a misguided sense of numb nostalgia.
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