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In order to keep high-profile projects under wraps, filmmakers often use code words during the movie's pre-production and filming. 'Return of the Jedi' was pretty famously known as 'Blue Harvest' while filming, in case any curious fans tried to spy on the production.

It's a practice still in use to this day -- thankfully, no one thought to look in on that movie being filmed down the street called 'Rory's First Kiss' or else they could have spoiled 'The Dark Knight' for the rest of us.

But what if directors had a last-minute change of heart and liked the fake titles more than the real ones? What would it look like on the big screen to see 'Party in Fresno' instead of 'War of the Worlds'? The Sci Fi Wire has a list of 37 blockbuster sci-fi films and the code words they used during production, and they've offered up a few mock title screens to give us a glimpse into an alternate film history. In order to keep high-profile projects under wraps, filmmakers often use code words during the movie's pre-production and filming. 'Return of the Jedi' was pretty famously known as 'Blue Harvest' while filming, in case any curious fans tried to spy on the production.

It's a practice still in use to this day -- thankfully, no one thought to look in on that movie being filmed down the street called 'Rory's First Kiss' or else they could have spoiled 'The Dark Knight' for the rest of us.

But what if directors had a last-minute change of heart and liked the fake titles more than the real ones? What would it look like on the big screen to see 'Party in Fresno' instead of 'War of the Worlds'? The Sci Fi Wire has a list of 37 blockbuster sci-fi films and the code words they used during production, and they've offered up a few mock title screens to give us a glimpse into an alternate film history.

Some of our favorites:


Maybe the most ridiculous name-change in the whole bunch. The 'Burly' name came about during production, describing the Neo vs. 100 Agent Smiths fight scene. Out of context, its very weird. So weird, in fact, that we would rather see Neo fight someone called "The Burly Man" or possibly watch "The Burly Man" rescue humanity from the machines.


J.J. Abrams apparently chose this code word as a tip of the hat to Starfleet Headquarters. We like it, because it livens up a dry business term and associates it with space battles and aliens. It makes the corporate world a lot more entertaining. If only all management could be as exciting as the final frontier...


'Alien vs. Predator: Requiem' did take place in Colorado, and at night, so it's not much of a stretch. However, 'Colorado Nights' sounds like an intimate drama set out west -- not a blood-splattering fist fight between alien monsters. Then again, 'AVP2' might have benefited from a little bit more earnest character drama, it might have given the Aliens and Predators a chance to talk things over.


'Incident on 57th Street' transforms the bespectacled Harry Potter into a street-wise thug who can't seem to find love. At least that's the mental picture we conjure up -- the name was lifted from a Bruce Springsteen song about a kid named "Spanish Johnny." We want to watch Daniel Radcliffe drive around "with bruised arms and broken rhythm in a beat-up old Buick."


The most top-secret film on the list had to have a title that couldn't give away even the slightest of hints. But it would have been really gutsy if Spielberg opted to stay with this title. Imagine sitting in the theater, watching Harrison Ford crack his whip and swing into action, followed by the words: "Coming this Summer: Genre!"

Check out the full list on Sci Fi Wire and pick your favorite movie title that never was.