So I’ve just had a quick game on my Project Café (gotta catch them all!) and now I’m rewatching Blue Harvest for the thousandth time (it’s the best in the saga) but what the hell am I talking about I hear you cry?! Well, these are working titles of course!
Forgive me for talking in code, but these names and what follows were used when some of our best loved projects were in production. I’m sure you knew already but check out some of these other crazy-assed code names you may not be familiar with:
- Blue Harvest – Star Wars – Return of the Jedi
Probably the most famously known working title in this list? Family Guy made a Star Wars-themed spoof special episode of the show and used the name to appease fans, no doubt.
- Rory’s First Kiss – The Dark Knight
Rory being the name of Director Christopher Nolan’s son. He also wrote the screenplay; as per usual with his brother Jonathan Nolan.
- Autumn Frost – Man of Steel
- Group Hug – The Avengers
- Corporate Headquarters – Star Trek
- Oliver’s Arrow – Inception
- Changing Seasons – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Burly Man – The Matrix Sequels
At the time these were the most-anticipated film sequels of all-time. Then they were released to the public who were let down enormously, but hold no grudges. Honest.
- Bravo 14 – Suicide Squad
This is the alias for Sergeant Ames:
- Incident on 57th Street – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The working title for the second Harry Potter film was taken from the Bruce Springsteen song “Incident on 57th Street,” which is a track on his second album…
VIDEO GAMES CONSOLES
- PS-X – PlayStation
The console was actually code named PlayStation X. The media called it PS-X, especially in the UK. Even though the X was eventually dropped the name certainly stuck around. But not to be confused with the PSX!
- Project Reality – Nintendo 64
- Dolphin – Nintendo GameCube
- Revolution – Wii
- Project Café – Wii U
Now it feels a little bit different for these alternative famous album titles, as the level of secrecy is not as high in terms of what might be required for a games console (fears a rival will learn the spec) or a new movie (spoilers for the film and hype for it’s release). For these are more working titles, most probably where the final decision did not have to be made until the process of recording it was complete. It’s a more organic process involving fewer people but you do wonder if these had been quite as successful with their original names…?
- A Doll’s House by The Beatles – The White Album
- Get Back by The Beatles – Let It Be
- Eclipse by Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
- Sheep by Nirvana – Nevermind
- London by Blur – Parklife
- I Can Smell the V.D. in the Club Tonight by Beck – Midnight Vultures
- Snakes and Ladders by Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
- Coco Beware by Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
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