Has it really been 17 years? Geez!
From starwars.com’s Today In History:
STARWARS.COM ANNOUNCES THE PHANTOM MENACE AS THE NAME OF EPISODE I, BRINGING AN END TO RUMORED TITLES, SUCH AS “BALANCE OF THE FORCE,” “CHILDREN OF THE FORCE,” “STAR WARS: GENESIS,” “RED TAILS,” AND “JEDI SQUAD”
“Jedi Squad,” LOL. I don’t remember that one. “Red Tails” was obviously used for something else. But I do remember a lot of people believing it was going to be “Balance Of The Force.”
I also remember the fanboy whining that TPM sounded like a Scooby Doo episode or that it sounded like a movie about ghosts.