Lucasfilm Names Next Star Wars Film - antiTainment NEWS

Lucasfilm have selected "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," as the title for the third and final Star Wars prequel. The company made the big announcement at Comic-Con International science fiction convention in San Diego on Saturday, as well as a posting on the film’s website. 

The film is set to hit theatres on May 19, 2005. The official website for the film provide fans will a brief outline of where the name came from and a teaser about the plot of the film. 

“The Sith are masters of the dark side of the Force and the sworn enemies of the Jedi. They were all but exterminated by the Jedi a thousand years ago, but the evil order continued in secrecy. They operated quietly, behind the scenes, acting in pairs - a Master and an Apprentice - patiently biding their time before they could take over the galaxy. In Episode III, they'll finally exact their revenge on the Jedi. “ 

The official Star Wars site (Starwars.com) is now offering fans the opportunity to purchase Episode III T-shirts. 

Steve Sansweet, Head of Fan Relations for Lucasfilm also made some big DVD announcements during a two hour panel at Comic-Con. 

The following is an excerpt of a report from Star Wars.com:

2004 is the year to substantially expand your Star Wars DVD collection. While the Star Wars Trilogy is the biggest news for Force-fan videophiles, Sansweet announced the fall debut of Ewoks and Droids adventures on DVD. 20th Century Fox Home Video will release these animated adventures as well as the pair of made-for-television Ewok live action movies (The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor) this November and December. 

September 21, of course, is the release date for the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. The presentation included clips of some of the bonus material found in the boxed set, as well as a first look at the animated menus that organize the wealth of information and options within. Jim Ward, Vice President of Marketing for Lucasfilm and Executive Producer of the DVDs spoke about the upcoming release, and announced that the epic feature-length documentary, Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, would appear as a special edited-for-television edition on the A&E network this fall. 

In other DVD news, Sansweet confirmed a projected release date for the much-asked-about Star Wars: Clone Wars DVDs. The incredibly successful 20 chapters of the Cartoon Network animated shorts will be making their home video debut next spring, around the same time as the airdate for the final batch of Clone Wars shorts from Genndy Tartakovsky and Paul Rudish.