Movies That Changed Their Titles



Some of you might have scratched your heads when you saw the title of the Tom Cruise science fiction flick Live.Die.Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow as it became available on DVD/Blu Ray and on-demand.  "Where did Live.Die.Repeat come from?" you might have asked. "Wasn't it just Edge of Tomorrow?" Do not doubt your memory.  It did indeed have a name change, and not its first either.  Read below for more info, as well as a list of other motion pictures that were re-dubbed with a new monicker.

The 13th Warrior -- Sometimes a title works for a novel, but doesn't translate well to the big screen.  Take, for example, this adaptation of Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead.  I remember working at an event in Jamaica and the studio was presenting a teaser reel of upcoming projects to a bunch of media sales people during an outdoor dinner by the beach.  Needless to say, the old title didn't help their appetites much, hence the name change.

Birth of a Nation -- D.W. Griffith's epic silent movie is no less racist, even if it did alter the name of the original book on which it was based, The Clansman.

Blade Runner -- Often times a novel title is just too long for the movie marquees. Case in point, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Edge of Tomorrow -- Whether or not Live.Die.Repeat is better than Edge of Tomorrow is moot, because the original title was All You Need Is Kill, based on the Japanese science fiction tale by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which means this adaptation had identity problems from the beginning.

Field of Dreams -- Originally called Shoeless Joe, I confess the new name is much more poetic.

GoodFellas -- The book that this Martin Scorsese classic was based on was called Wiseguy, but there already was a TV show about gangsters with that title, so the change was made.

Hancock -- I don't think the new name is any better than the original: Tonight He Comes.

Les Daniels' The Butler -- Adding the filmmaker's name to the title seems trivial, but the studio had to do it because there was another film from the silent era that already had dibs on The Butler.  Can't make this stuff up.

Marvel's The Avengers -- In order to avoid confusion with the spy bomb The Avengers, based on the 1960s TV show, the studio added the comic company's name to the title.  In England (which has a history of renaming movies anyway) it was called Avengers Assemble.

Pretty Woman -- Did you know that the Julia Roberts blockbuster was original called 3000? I wasn't a fan of the movie, but the new name was an improvement.

Return of the Jedi -- When I was a kid, I had a poster with the original title of this Star Wars film, Revenge of the Jedi.  If I still had it in mint condition, it would be worth a lot of money. Lucas decided to change the name, because Jedi Knights technically shouldn't believe in revenge, unless they were seduced by the Dark Side of the Force.  Lucas titled one of his prequel movies Revenge of the Sith, which was a much better fit.

Scream -- Scary Movie sounded too goofy, but the Wayans brothers used that title for an outright horror spoof franchise years later.

Unforgiven -- Clint Eastwood's original title was a bit harsh: The Cut-Whore Killings.

The Watch -- They changed the name from Neighborhood Watch, because they were afraid of backlash after headlines about the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

These are just some.  Have I missed any important ones?  Let me know.

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