Back to the Future Almost Had a Criminally Dumb Title

Monday, 29 August 2016 - 3:53PM
Monday, 29 August 2016 - 3:53PM
Back to the Future Almost Had a Criminally Dumb Title
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From Fantastic Four to Suicide Squad, the last couple of years have been rife with terrible blockbusters that were rumored to be ruined by studio interference. Now, we've gotten a horrifying look at what a classic sci-fi movie might have looked like under that type of micromanagement, because apparently, Back to the Future was almost called—wait for it—"Spaceman from Pluto."

A throwback memo from Universal Studios head Sid Sheinberg to producer Steven Spielberg, making the rounds via the Movies subreddit, shows us the studio's notes on the script, and they're truly terrible:


That's right. The studio thought that "Spaceman from Pluto" was preferable to "Back to the Future," because the latter sounded too much like a "genre movie." Because "Spaceman from Pluto" sounds like a crossover sci-fi prestige movie rivaling Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

Thank the lord the people who were actually making the movie had some sense, and made sure they didn't have to change it. As previously reported by CBS News, Spielberg responded by sending a memo that thanked Sheinberg for his "joke memo," banking on the executive being too embarrassed to admit he was serious. The gamble worked, and that's why Back to the Future exists in its classic, near-flawless form. I'm sure people still would have loved the movie, but it might have gotten lost in the shuffle like Edge of Tomorrow with all that All You Need Is Kill/Live.Die.Repeat nonsense.
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