The name of a movie plays a key role in making it successful as audiences tend to show interest in movies with an interesting name. In this article, we have compiled 10 iconic movies that originally had different names. Many of these movies became box office hits but whether they would have enjoyed the same success with their working titles remains a mystery.
1) Hancock (2008)
Hancock (2008) was originally titled Tonight, He Comes, which somehow makes it sound like a cheap noir thriller. The title was later changed to John Hancock in reference to an autograph Smith’s character gives a fan, according to co-star Daeg Faerch, then it was shortened to just Hancock.
2) Last Night in Soho (2021)
Last Night in Soho almost wasn’t called that. Director Edgar Wright’s first name for the movie was Red Light Area, but then he found out that there was already a movie with Cillian Murphy called Red Lights, so Edgar Wright changed the title.
3) Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)
Venom: Let There be Carnage was initially called Venom: Love Will Tear Us Apart. But, as director Andy Serkis recounted, Venom: Let There be Carnage won out fairly soon and they dropped that cooler name.
4) Dogma (1999)
Dogma wasn’t Kevin Smith’s original title for the movie. The very first title was God: The Movie. Kevin Smith tweeted about finding it on an ancient floppy disk (that had a big God: The Movie label).
I discovered another 1990’s floppy disk containing a rare relic. Before I started calling the flick DOGMA, it was called GOD: THE MOVIE. This disk contains the earliest rumblings of what would one day become my 4th film. This was started slightly before I finished writing CLERKS. pic.twitter.com/Pg8JvpvN8W
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 23, 2020
5) Cop Out (2010)
Kevin Smith’s Cop Out original title was way more fun. It was just called A Couple of Dicks, and Smith hated that the title got changed, stating “Look, losing A Couple of Dicks was almost akin to losing my own dick. It was a perfect buddy-cop movie comedy title.”
6) Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
The initial name for Edge of Tomorrow might have led to the failure of the movie. That title was All You Need is Kill, and it’s kind of hard to imagine a major Hollywood movie like that starring Tom Cruise.
7) Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day originally had a totally different name than you know today. It was Doomsday. The studio really wanted to go with Doomsday but it got changed at the insistence of Bill Pullman.
8) Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman was initially called 3,000. Yes, just 3,000. It was a reference to how much Julia Roberts’ character gets paid by Richard Gere’s.
9) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
The initial name they coined for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, and apparently, the movie had that name for quite a while.
10) Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame now seems like an iconic name, but it wasn’t the first preference. The Russo brothers told MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that Infinity Gauntlet was the title for quite a long time, which completely makes sense as the Gauntlet plays a significant role factor in the story.