Why was Return of the Jedi renamed from Revenge of the Jedi?

Director George Lucas changed the title of the third Star Wars movie from Revenge of the Jedi after realizing that true Jedi wouldn’t seek revenge. The change came just two months before Return of the Jedi was released in cinemas.

It was a big financial problem for Lucas film, who had already released lots of merchandise, trailers and posters with the original title. Since the change fans have speculated that Lucas called it Revenge of the Jedi on purpose, with full intention of changing it later to prevent counterfeiting.

Another rumour claimed it was because the title would be too closely related to Star Trek II: The Vengeance of Khan, which too was changed to Wrath of Khan.


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