Movie titles are ingrained in our heads and out hearts, and it is difficult to imagine our favorite films being called something other than what we’re used to. But in Hollywood, most movie scripts go through a number of name changes as they are being developed, before they get to the big screen. Some movies begin life with titles such as “Biography of George Washington” or “Terminator Sequel”, and some scripts start out without any title at all. Often times, a movie’s title isn’t finalized until the last stages of production, when the marketing team gets involved. And sometimes, movie titles change at the very last minute, leading to unique posters and other promotional materials which have leaked out over the years. Here are some classic movies whose original movie titles were absolutely terrible.
10. Revenge of the Jedi
How close did the Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi come to having a different name? So close that you can now buy posters online with the title Revenge of the Jedi on them. That was the official title of the third movie in the original Star Wars trilogy, right up until mere months before it was released in 1983. During the Christmas season in 1982, while spending time with his kids, George Lucas suddenly decided that the word “Revenge” was not appropriate for the title, as Jedi Knights are too noble to seek revenge. He then renamed the movie Return of the Jedi, sending the marketing and promotional people involved with the film’s release scurrying to rename everything and reissue all the products being used to drive hype surrounding the film. However, some early promotional posters survived, and can now easily be found online.