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    16 Popular Movies You Didn't Know Almost Had Completely Different, Absolutely Ridiculous Titles

    I will never be over the fact that Army of Darkness was originally titled Medieval Dead.

    1. Pretty Woman was originally titled 3,000.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    In the original, much darker screenplay for the beloved rom-com, the title chose to focus on the amount of money — $3,000 — Richard Gere's character paid Julia Roberts' character.

    2. Wall-E was originally titled Trash Planet.


    In the first draft of Disney's adorable robot love story, Wall-E actually led a revolt on Earth (the "Trash Planet") — which is why this first title focused more on the planet itself, rather than the titular character the screenplay grew to revolve around.

    3. Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness was originally titled Medieval Dead.

    Universal Pictures

    This one is a pretty self-explanatory pun that they ended up changing out for a title that better illustrated how this was the third film in a trilogy...but frankly I wake up in a cold, angry sweat every time I think about the fact that we were denied this hilariously perfect title.

    4. Alien was originally titled Star Beast.

    20th Century Fox

    The working title for this space horror was a reference to a 1954 sci-fi novel written by Robert A. Heinlein; however, writer Dan O'Bannon lost interest in the title after re-writes and opted to give it a more straight-forward name.

    5. Casablanca was originally titled Everybody Comes To Rick’s.

    Warner Bros.

    In its first form, this classic love story was actually written as a stage play. The play was never performed on-stage and was instead purchased by Warner Bros., who changed the title and made it into a film.

    6. Hitch was originally titled The Last First Kiss.

    Columbia Pictures

    The working title for the rom-com was a reference to Will Smith's line to Kevin James' character about the heiress he pines for: "This could be her last first kiss.” The studio, however, wanted a title that focused more on their star character.

    7. Scream was originally titled Scary Movie.

    Dimension Films

    Which, as you likely already know, later became the tongue-in-cheek title for the film's parody.

    8. Bring It On was originally titled Cheer Fever.

    Universal Pictures

    While this was the official title for the finished script, it was later changed to a paraphrase one of the most quotable lines from the film that better reflected the tone of the story.

    9. Halloween was originally titled The Babysitter Murders.

    Compass International Pictures

    The script, which only took horror mastermind John Carpenter and co-writer Debra Hill 10 days to write, had this almost painfully literal title. It wasn't until producer Irwin Yablans suggested that the story might resonate more with people if it were based around the specific holiday that the title was changed.

    10. Hancock was almost Tonight, He Comes.

    Columbia Pictures

    Basically, this one is just a combination of the stories behind the title changes in both Pretty Woman and Hitch (and heck, it's even Will Smith again). Basically, the original screenplay about this alcoholic superhero was MUCH darker than the final product, and the studio wanted a more leading man-centric title.

    11. Child's Play was originally titled Batteries Not Included.

    Orion Pictures

    The title was changed during production to Blood Buddy — Chucky's original name was "Buddy" — because a comedy came out titled Batteries Not Included shortly before this horror staple was released.

    12. While You Were Sleeping was originally titled Coma Guy.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "For a year or two, Dan [G. Sullivan] and I were known in LA as the 'Coma Guys,'" co-writer Fred Lebow said. "Dan had a buddy who was a composer, named Mike Himelstein, and he was the one who came up with While You Were Sleeping."

    13. Final Destination was originally titled Flight 180.

    New Line Cinema

    The script for what became this absolutely RIDICULOUS horror franchise was actually a stand-alone episode of The X-Files. The episode was passed on, but the script was expanded, the title was changed, and the final product was eventually made into a successful film instead.

    14. Snakes on a Plane was almost changed to Pacific Air Flight 121.

    New Line Cinema

    In the middle of filming, the original title was changed to a more generic-sounding one. While this is not an uncommon practice in filmmaking, Samuel L. Jackson INSISTED that they change it back to the original title immediately. He later admitted, “That’s the only reason I took the job: I read the title.”

    15. Back to the Future was almost changed to Space Man From Pluto.

    Amblin Entertainment

    Apparently, Universal Studios' head at the time was concerned that "nobody would go see a movie with the word 'future' in the title" and suggested this alternative title, which made absolutely no sense. Producer Steven Spielberg was basically like LOL no and the original title remained.

    16. And finally, Beetlejuice was almost changed to Scared Sheetless.

    Warner Bros.

    Warner Bros. hated the original title and actually wanted the movie to be called House Ghosts. The story goes that director Tim Burton, AS A JOKE, suggested the title Scared Sheetless (Get it? Because ghosts and sheets) as an alternative, and the studio LOVED the suggestion. To Burton's horror they tried to change it, but Burton put his foot down.

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