A new Star Wars movie title awakens - to jokes on the Internet

US actor Harrison Ford on the red carpet during the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Star Wars fans were sent into a frenzy on Nov 6, 2014, as studio giant Disney revealed the title of the iconic franchise's sevent
US actor Harrison Ford on the red carpet during the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Star Wars fans were sent into a frenzy on Nov 6, 2014, as studio giant Disney revealed the title of the iconic franchise's seventh episode, The Force Awakens. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES - No sooner has Walt Disney Co. named its new Star Wars film The Force Awakens than jokes fly on the Internet.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trended on Twitter almost immediately after the title was revealed by Disney on Thursday, but a new hashtag, #rejectedstarwarstitles, popped up too, say reports by Bloomberg and The Guardian.

Empire Magazine contributer Simon Columb was among the people who took aim at the title. "Was it sleeping," he wrote on Twitter.

Others proposed titles of their own, including: Star Wars Episode VII: So Very Tired; Disney's Song Of The Sith; Star Wars: 100% Less Lucas; and Star Wars VII: The Force Calls In Sick And Watches NetFlix On Its Laptop All Day.

The New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff tweeted that Literally Anything Else would have been a better title.

According to a poll by Buzzfeed, only 8 per cent of readers felt the new title was the "Best. Star Wars title. Ever", 39 per cent felt "anything is better than The Phantom Menace", and 52 per cent felt "Nothing will be better than The Empire Strikes Back".

Some hilarious responses on Twitter:

More tweets below:

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