From Pretty Woman to Stranger Things: 27 films and TV shows that changed their title

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Saturday 27 July 2019 15:41
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Trailer for Pretty Woman (1990)

Many of the most iconic films and TV shows of the past century were originally called something completely different – and in many cases, something much funnier.

The title of a project can be make or break in terms of box office success and viewing figures, and some movies and shows have gone through a dozen different names before the right one has been settled upon.

Choosing a name isn’t just a creative decision, though, and some projects have been forced to switch titles for legal reasons or because the name is already taken.

It begs the question – would classics such as Titanic, Back to the Future, Friends and Dynasty have been such big hits if they’d gone by their original titles?

Check out 27 movies and series that changed their names, and the brilliant stories behind them…

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