Cameron Crowe in an interview with Empire magazine showed notebooks with over a dozen alternate titles for his most famous film Almost Famous scribbled on the pages. Among those considered My Back Pages (which referenced Crowe’s rock journalist past), The Uncool (the famous Lester Bangs quote), Tangerine (referencing a Led Zeppelin song), A Thousand Words (the length of Crowe’s first rock review), In Through the Outdoor, Rock School, and Hotel Kisses. For a while the film was just called Untitled. The longer director’s cut version released on DVD even uses the title.
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In the spirit of flux I give you 14 Other films that changed their working titles:
Alternate Title: All You Need Is Kill
Final Title: Edge of Tomorrow
All You Need Is Kill was the name of the Japanese source novel but it didn’t explain the Groundhog Day time loop element well enough.
Alternate Title: Would I Lie to You?
Final Title: Tootsie
Dustin Hoffman had creative control on the original play the film was based on. Hoffman changed it because Tootsie was the name of his mother’s dog.
Alternate title: 3000
Final title: Pretty Woman
3000 was the fee that Vivian and Edward agreed on her for services. The Roy Orbison song had a catchier title.
Alternate title: Dangerous Days
Final title: Blade Runner
Changed because the source title “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” was too clunky.
Alternate title: Anhedonia
Final title: Annie Hall
Changed because the studio thought that it was too obscure.
Alternate title: A Long Night at Camp Blood
Final title: Friday the Thirteenth
Director Cunningham wanted a title that had a ring to it and could make people laugh.
Alternate title: Shoeless Joe
Final title: Field of Dreams
The title of the W.P. Kinsella source novel wasn’t descriptive enough for studio executives.
Alternate title: A Boy’s Life
Final title: E.T.
Steven Spielberg wanted to keep the plot details secret. JJ Abrams, known for his secrecy, also used this tactic for his films.
Alternate title: Wiseguy
Final title: Goodfellas
Changed to avoid confusion between the source book by Nicolas Pileggi and the popular TV crime drama with the same name.
Alternate title: Head Cheese
Final title: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Not really a scary horror title. Most people thought it was a football movie about Green Bay Packer fans.
Alternate title: Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night
Final title: Saturday Night Fever
The title of the source article by Nik Cohn wasn’t really Hollywood enough.
Alternate title: The Cut Whore Killings
Final title: Unforgiven
The original was thought to be a bit too much for movie goers to handle.
Alternate title: Scary Movie
Final title: Scream
The original was thought to be too funny. Apparently the Wayan Brothers agreed also.
Alternate title: Spaceman From Pluto
Final title: Back to the Future
A Studio Exec thought that anything with “future” in its title wouldn’t work. He changed his mind when the original started getting too many laughs.