Sunday, September 2, 2012

Working Titles

Again I apologize for my absence in the blogosphere. It has been a crazy week, and I have now officially moved, though am still looking for a job. Huzzah!

I didn't realize that films often have working titles before they are released, whether to keep details secret from the public or because they haven't come up with a better title yet. Check out Empire Online for some fun re-imagined movie posters. Some of them are funny, some of them are just bad. My favourites are for The Avengers and Captain America.

As an avid Star Wars fan, I am ashamed I never knew about Blue Harvest. Apparently this was a pretty well known title, and there is Blue Harvest memorabilia available from who knows where. The producers even gave this so-called horror film the tagline "Horror Beyond Imagination." Lucas wanted to avoid attention while the movie was in production and also didn't want to be overcharged for company services who would probably milk everything they could get if they realized they were providing a service for a Star Wars movie.

What's your favourite working title that you've heard of?

12 comments:

  1. Interesting, although some of them sound like code names to stop prying journalists - especially the sequels, and Chamber of Secrets (how could they rename that!?)

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    1. Oh I think many of them were exactly that. I'm sure fans would have protested loudly at the renaming of Chamber of Secrets!

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  2. Group hug - funny!
    I knew about Blue Harvest. Did you know Return of the Jedi was once Revenge of the Jedi? They even had promotional posters with that title sent to movie theaters.

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  3. Group hug - I love it! I always forget that movies have working titles. I'll have to go look some up! :)

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  4. I love those reimagined posters. Some of the working titles are so at odds with the final movie it's crazy! Rory's First Kiss is the silliest one by far!

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  5. Hahaha! GROUP HUG! I love that ;-) Especially since they are NOT the type of guys to be into that kinda thing.

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    1. But somehow it is such a fitting code name!

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  6. That's hilarious. Not one I would have guessed, but Group Hug - very apt.

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