It isn't easy being a filmmaker trying to keep a secret. Dozens of people work on a film shoot, while thousands of fans try to sniff out spoilers that they could share on the internet with millions. As a result, directors and producers working on hot upcoming films often resort to extreme measures of secrecy in order to keep the details about their movies undiscovered until they're released - including using a fake working title. These are titles that are often used on casting and shooting announcements to throw off curious fans or for other reasons. While they don't always work in this era of social media, they still can be useful in keeping things under wraps. Here is a list of 17 popular movies that used a fake working title for one reason or another. Some of them are ridiculous and others might have worked as officials title, but they all represent the lengths filmmakers will go to protect their secrets...
17. "Toastie" - The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Being that the point of working titles are to disguise a production, they are sometimes odd sounding. However, the working title for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was more out there than normal: "Toastie." That is, unless you know the reason behind the otherwise ridiculous working title. During the production of the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, the cast crew frequently munched on toasted sandwiches made on sandwiches presses provided by craft services. Producers decided to keep the tradition alive for the sequel by not only bringing the sandwich presses back, but to pay homage to the snack by using it as the working title of the project.
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