Posted by Darragh O'Connor @darraghoco
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Darragh O'Connor

A lot can change during the filmmaking process. Characters can end up looking totally different; movie endings can drastically change; and titles of movies may get totally scrapped. When pitching a movie, a film needs a working title to set a base for the movie, and in a lot of cases, these names are changed for various reasons. Let's take a look at some popular movies that almost had totally different titles!

1. Pretty Woman - '3000'

Photo Credit: Touchstone Pictures
Photo Credit: Touchstone Pictures

Pretty Woman is one of the most iconic films ever made - but did you know it was almost called 3000? The reason behind this bizarre title is because it's the price that Julia Roberts' character charged per night!

2. Toy Story - 'Moving Buddies'

Photo Credit: Disney-Pixar
Photo Credit: Disney-Pixar

Toy Story is one of the most beloved films in animation history, so it's hard to imagine this movie was ever called anything other than the now-iconic 'Toy Story'. One title which was up for consideration was Moving Buddies - a title which I, for one, am glad ended up on the reject pile. I'm so happy they didn't choose this title, imagine Moving Buddies 2 being the name of a sequel.

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3. Alien - 'Star Beast'

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

Alien is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and the thought of it almost having a name like Star Beasts make me shiver. The film is a horror masterpiece and having a cheesy name like Star Beasts would completely diminish the film's stellar reputation. I wonder how Alien would have done in the box office with the name Star Beasts?

4. Final Destination - 'Flight 107'

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema

This is the first film on the list where the original title isn't all that bad. I could totally see Flight 107 as a substitute for this film. Although, it would've made naming the sequels pretty awkward. What would they have been called? Flight 107 Part 2? Flight 108?

5. Titanic - 'Ship of Dreams'

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

James Cameron's Titanic is the second highest grossing film of all time - but did you know that in the early stages of production, one idea for the film's title was Ship of Dreams? I don't think I would have liked this, I think Titanic is far more recognizable and to the point. It is one of the better original titles on this list though.

6. Annie Hall - 'Anhedonia'

Photo Credit: MGM Studios
Photo Credit: MGM Studios

Woody Allen's 1977 classic Annie Hall is is often featured in discussions about the greatest films ever, so it's hard to believe it was almost called Anhedonia. For context on the original title, the word anhedonia is a noun which means having an inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.

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7. Pulp Fiction - 'Black Mask'

Photo Credit: Miramax
Photo Credit: Miramax

On a list full of iconic movies, Pulp Fiction is right at home. The original title and the final title are both as mysterious as eachother, and they both don't give away much of the film. I'm presuming the title 'Black Mask' refers to the gimp mask which is seen in the movie. And if I'm being honest, I quite like the title Black Mask - let me know in the comments which title you prefer!

8. Tomorrow Never Dies - Tomorrow Never Lies

Photo Credit: MGM Studios
Photo Credit: MGM Studios

Tomorrow Never Lies was supposed to be the title for the film, but when a typo occurred and Tomorrow Never Dies came up instead, the production team thought it sounded better and kept it for the final film!

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It's so bizarre to see what some of our favorite films could have been called if they hadn't been changed, I'd love to know what you guys thought of the original posters. If you liked this article, let me know down in the comments and I'll do a part 2!

Which original title do you think was the best? Let us know in the comments!