Movie Trivia Game: Guess the Working Title
Can you figure out which are the working titles for these blockbuster films?
Afraid that a rival studio would steal his idea before he could give the Titanic the epic treatment he believed it deserved, director James Cameron called it by the code name Planet Ice. In fact, while filming stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Nova Scotia, Cameron claimed to be shooting footage of icebergs for a documentary.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ working title was…
a) The Inner Darkness
b) Incident on 57th Street
c) Puberty: An Allegory
Incident on 57th Street
According to IMDB.com, after the wild success of the first Harry Potter film, producers of the second installment, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, knew it would be tough to keep the project under wraps. Not wanting the Potter fandom to invade film locations and disrupt their work, the team decided to disguise the project with the bogus name Incident on 57th Street, which is also a 1973 Bruce Springsteen song.
To hide the filming of Return of the Jedi, the production team developed a fake horror movie called Blue Harvest. Crewmembers wore Blue Harvest t-shirts; all shipments were directed to the phony name; even letterhead was created with the name. The crew discovered that by disguising the film they were able to save money: locations and services bumped up their prices when the wildly successful Star Wars franchise was involved, but production costs stayed lower when Blue Harvest was involved.
The Breakfast Club’s working title was…
a) Permanent Detention
b) All My Friends Are Awful
c) Library Revolution
Director John Hughes was considering Library Revolution and The Lunch Bunch before settling on The Breakfast Club, a nickname for detention at New Trier High School where the son of one of Hughes’ friends was enrolled.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’s working title was…
a) Long-Distance Charges
b) A Boy’s Life
c) The Basket Case
A Boy’s Life
If not for Steven Spielberg’s other project Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. may have never been made. While filming the Indiana Jones film, Spielberg developed a friendship with screenwriter Melissa Mathison, then girlfriend of Harrison Ford, and asked her to write a script about the imaginary alien he had created as a kid to keep him company during his parent’s divorce. She came back with a draft titled E.T. and Me. To prevent other producers from stealing his idea, he renamed the project A Boy’s Life while in production.