Thursday List – Top 10 Films that Changed Their Name Before Release
In this weeks Thursday List, we honour Captain America and look at out Top 10 Films that changed their name before or after release.
I remember reading a few months back that Paramount and Marvel were going to shorten the name ‘Captain America : The First Avenger’ to just ‘The First Avenger’ in a select few countries. In an attempt to help free it from any tarnish carrying America in the title may hold in these countries.
Well on the weekend of Marvels next big film it seems that only 3 countries have actually taken up the offer of losing America in the name, those are Russia, Ukraine and South Korea.
To honour the ol Cap’n and his very generous name changing offer I have listed together for you my Top 10 Films who changed their names….
10 – While you were Sleeping (Coma Guy)
This is a film about a girl who pretends to be a guy who is stuck in a comas fiancé. Why? Because she has a crush on him obviously!! She does eventually fall in love with his charming brother though.
The title was changed from Coma Guy because it sounded too much like a SuperHero movie (apparently)
9 – 13th Warrior (Eaters of the Dead)
13th Warrior was deemed to be the weirdest thing around at the time and the film makers were so worried that they would not be able to get anyone to see it so they changed the name from Eaters of The Dead. But unfortunately even this change could not save this. Have you seen it?
8 – The Boat that Rocked (Pirate Radio)
The Boat That Rocked changed its name to Pirate Radio when it was released in USA. Apparently the Americans would not have understood the subtle play on words from the original title. The producers decided to go for a more little pun!!
7 – Hancock (Tonight he Comes)
Originally a much darker story Hancock’s original title referred to the anti hero’s explosive ejaculation. But in order to appeal to the masses this scene was removed along with most of the swearing drinking and drug abuse. And most of the fun too….
6 – American Pie (Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10m Dollars That Your Reader Will Love And Your Executive Will Hate)
OK OK It was only ever a working title that was used on the front of the script to get the Producers attention. But lets face it the ploy worked. It went through another change to ‘East Great Falls High’ before its final change to American Pie.
5 – Renaissance Man (By The Book)
This is the funniest and weirdest story of the lot. Renaissance Man is a Danny De Vito comedy about a teacher that wins the hearts of an US Army regiment by teaching them Shakespeare. It was a total flop at the box office. So Not to be out done the Film Makers re-named and re branded the entire film to ‘By The Book’ and re-released it again in the cinemas. Unfortunately the film still bombed at the box office. LOL
4 – Scream (Scary Movie)
The original title although very descriptive of the film was deemed too comedic and didn’t really set the tone, so it was changed to Scream. I find it amusing that Scary Movie was picked up by the Wayan Brothers’ spoof movies of the original.
3 – Tangled (Rapunzel)
Disney decided that although they have always had great success with standard fairy tale titles (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) that they wanted to make this film more appealing to boys too. And boys would be more inclined to see a film if it was called Tangled. Confused? Me too. But, it was a great film!!
2 – Goodfellas (Wiseguy)
Good Fellas was based upon a book called ‘WiseGuy’ so it was natural that it would have the same name. That was until it was discovered that there was a comedy TV show with the same name. Something else had to be thought up quick, and Goodfellas was born!
1 – Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)
The long and cumbersome title of the original source material for this film was seen as NON commercial. Blade Runner actually went through a complete buffet of names before settling on one that was the name of the police units in the film.
Have you any additions to this list? Have I missed any good ones? Do you agree with me on my choices? Comment below.