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Original Movie Names Before They Made It to the Big Screen

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TR Robertson — Sometimes the name is the thing and in the case of movies, the title of the movie is what occasionally draws the audience to the theatres. If “Jurassic Park” had another title, would that have made a difference in our long memory of that particular movie? Here is a list of movies with the original name the producers, marketing firms and others associated with the film were considering before the final version made it out to the theatres. The name can, in many cases, make all the difference.

  • Original name – “Tonight, He Comes” – Final name – “Hancock”
  • Original name – “East Great Falls High” – Final name – “American Pie”
  • Original name – “3000” – Final name – “Pretty Woman”
  • Original name – “Tomorrow Never Lies” – Final name – “Tomorrow Never Dies”
  • Original name – “Eaters of the Dead” – Final name – “The 13th Warrior”
  • Original name – “Coma Guy” – Final name – “While You Were Sleeping”
  • Original name – “Anhedonia” – Final name “Annie Hall”
  • Original name – “Scary Movie” – Final name – “Scream”
  • Original name – “This Side of Truth” Final name – “The Invention of Lying”
  • Original name – “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Final name – “Blade Runner”
  • Original name – “The Last First Kiss” – Final Name – “Hitch”
  • Original name – “The Cut-Whore Killings” – Final name – “Unforgiven”
  • Original name – “The Tribal Rites of the Saturday Night” – Final name – “Saturday Night Fever”
  • Original name – “Wiseguy” – Final name – “Goodfellas”
  • Original name – “Shoeless Joe”- Final name – “Field of Dreams”
  • Original name – “The Invincibles” – Final name – “The Incredibles”
  • Original name – Hunter” – Final name – “Predator”
  • Original name – “Revenge of the Jedi” – Final name – “Return of the Jedi”
  • Original name – “A Boy’s Life” – Final name – “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

Even more unusual is what happens to the name of movies when they open in countries outside of the United States. The name change makes for some interesting titles of movies you are familiar with in the states.

  • “Airplane” became “Flying High” in Australia and New Zealand
  • “Fever Pitch” became “The Perfect Catch” in the UK
  • “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” became “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the UK
  • “Hoosiers” became “Best Shot” in Australia and the UK
  • “Live Free or Die Hard” became “Die Hard 4.0” outside of the U.S.
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” became “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” overseas.
  • “The Avengers” became “Avengers Assemble” in the UK
  • “The Peanuts Movie” became “Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie” in the UK
  • “Zootopia” became “Zootropolis” in the UK
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