How important is a title? At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what a movie is called, so long as the content is strong, right? That may be true, but despite that, having a title on hand as a fan may give some real insight into what we can expect in the film itself: the tone, the style, the character — allcan be inferred from a simple title.
And then we have working titles. These are temporary titles used during a movie’s development, or during the actual production. In essence, they’re a way for a production company to bill for a project without actually committing to a name. Oftentimes, they contain inside jokes, or may be a reference to some core aspect of the film itself. Perhaps the most famous of working titles was that of Blue Harvest, the working title for Return of the Jedi. The name was chosen for its menial nature, in hopes that when they rented out equipment or space to film, they’d get a good deal, with vendors believing that a production like Blue Harvest couldn’t have a whole lot of money to give.
Today, it was revealed that Shane Black’s upcoming Predator project would have a working title. That title? Ollie. That’s right. Ollie. It’s unclear what this could mean, and there’s a good chance it means nothing at all. It’s just a way to reference a movie.
The thing that’s most interesting to me, however, is that they have a working title at all. From what I understood, director Shane Black’s Predator movie had a title: The Predator. Can we take this to mean that they’re still working on a new title for the film, or is this something they came up with for an undisclosed reason?
We won’t know until Black tells, or until the actual title of the film leaks, but what do you think? Is there another reason why they can be using a working title? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Ollie (or, The Predator) hits theaters on February 9, 2018.
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