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Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies  

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Movies - especially highly secretive big budget blockbusters - sometimes film with fake working titles in order to hide production in plain sight. Sometimes these working titles are fun, campy, and tie into the film itself like a built-in Easter eggs, while other times they're deliberately boring just to throw people off. And sometimes, they're just nonsense titles.

They use these fake titles for a myriad of reasons. One, for the safety and secrecy of the set. If you saw a sign for a movie called Rory's First Kiss, you'd be a lot less likely to show up with a camera and telephoto lens than if the sign actually said The Dark Knight. Another reason is for security in actual movie theaters. A film canister marked Blue Harvest is much less likely to be stolen than one labeled Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Occasionally the title hasn't been decided, like with Shoeless Joe, which turned into Field of Dreams. Sometimes, inoffensive or inexplicable titles even stick!

Check out this list to see what your favorite movie might have been called during production!  These are some of the best fake titles for some of the biggest movies ever! Vote up your favorite false working titles below!
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage
Real title: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The ...more
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Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve
Real title: Star Trek Into Darkness Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more
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The Matrix Reloaded is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith
Real title: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski ...more
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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito
Real title: Batman Returns Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more
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Inception is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Real title: Inception Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
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Project X is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Unbelievable Working Titles for Blockbuster Movies
Jimmy Kimmel, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller
Real title: Project X Project X is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips. The film ...more