Fans net ‘Star Wars’ prequel title

Lucasfilm confirms pic online

In a Friday missive to the film series’ wide-reaching, Internet-savvy fan-base, Lucasfilm took to the Web to release the title of George Lucas’ upcoming “Star Wars” film: “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.”

A spokesperson at 20th Century Fox — which will release all three of the upcoming “Star Wars” prequels — also confirmed the film’s title.

Rather than rely on announcements to the press, Lucasfilm has regularly used the films’ official Web site ( to update fans about the film’s progress and announce news related to the franchise. Last month, the company also announced the film’s May 21, 1999, release date on the site.

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