Long before many of your favorite films hit the big screens with their well known titles, production studios liked to keep them secrets from their competitors. To do so, studios would give "Working Titles," which could be completely different to the plots of the film in order to throw the others off the scent.
Some names that Hollywood execs came up with are just ridiculous, and here they are:
Here's a fun one!
Not Another Teen Movie - 'Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed'
Before Not Another Teen Movie received its actual title, the film, which is based on key teenage cliches, could have been perfectly called Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed.
Imagine asking your friend to go and see that movie with you, like:
"Hey, want to go see Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed?"
"Sorry say that again?"
Talladega Nights - 'Wide and Handsome'
This classic Will Ferrell movie was chucked around in order for the final title to be agreed upon. At the beginning of production it was plainly called: Untitled Will Ferrell NASCAR Comedy. Later, the film started receiving names such as High and Wide and Handsome, to me both seem like a significant improvement over the first effort.
This could have been worse, couldn't it?
The Avengers - 'Group Hug'
As production began for Marvel's box office hit The Avengers, the film had been given a code name to keep it a secret from other studios. This code name, when you think about it, could have suited the film well. Group Hug was the wacky working title given, I bet millions would pay to see a film which went by that name.
Bruce Springsteen you are an idol!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 'Incident on 57th Street'
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was yet another to receive an interesting working title, named after the Bruce Springsteen song, it was given the title, Incident on 57th Street. The name was used to avoid the crazy Harry Potter fans in London.
The Dark Knight - 'Rory's First Kiss'
This working title failed to fool Batman fans for the film The Dark Knight. When filming in Chicago, director Christopher Nolan tried to keep the film under wraps by taking on the romantic title of Rory's First Kiss. The title was unsuccessful when Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper saw a casting call looking for “real police officers, sheriffs, county guards and bagpipers,” he took a quick look on IMDB and joined the dots.
Iceberg straight ahead!
Titanic - 'Planet Ice'
Before Titanic was announced, James Cameron began filming icebergs off the coast of Nova Scotia under the film’s fake title Planet Ice. All this effort just so other studios didn’t find out he was making a film about the big ship. And even before they settled on the obvious title of Titanic, there was a moment when it was called Ship Of Dreams.
Tell me what you think of these working titles, are they smart or stupid? Let me know in the comments below!
If the Working Titles above were used as the real film titles, which would you go see?