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Andrew Dominik's 'Cogan's Trade' Starring Brad Pitt Now Titled 'Killing Them Softly'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 3, 2012 11:01 AM
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The past week or so has seen a handful of new titles assigned to upcoming movies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut is now known as "Don Jon's Addiction," David Chase's period-based music movie is now called "Not Fade Away" and Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden thriller has a fresh (working) title: "Zero Dark Thirty." And those are all fine changes, nothing too shocking and in keeping with what those films are about. But yet another movie has been given a new moniker, and we're less pleased about this one.

Variety writer Jeff Sneider has tweeted that Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade" has been given a new, much more generic title of "Killing Them Softly." We suppose The Weinstein Company thinks that "killing" is a much sexier marquee word than "trade" -- and they may be right -- but now the movie sounds like any generic, straight-to-DVD actioner. The original title had the sort of pulp sheen of the material (and was the name of the book it's based on) but now it just all sounds much more rote.

Anyway, the film is led by Brad Pitt and is a comic crime caper/thriller based on the George V. Higgins novel about a mob enforcer (Pitt) trying to track down a pair of junkies who've ripped off a poker game. A ridiculously great cast including Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Bella Heathcote, Sam Shepard and Garrett Dillahunt are along for the ride, and frankly whatever this is called, we'll be watching anyway.

"Killing Them Softly" will hit theaters on September 21st.

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  • loco73 | April 25, 2012 7:42 AMReply

    Dumb idea all-around! "Killing Them Softly" is an idiotic title, please, please change it back to the original one..."Cogan's Trade"! I'm not interested in a Lifetime movie of the week...

  • Jeebus | March 4, 2012 7:12 PMReply

    It refers to a line in the script that Pitt's character delivers, chill the fuck out.

  • Mike | March 3, 2012 11:27 PMReply

    Awful title... They need to change anything else.

  • Huh? | March 3, 2012 10:29 PMReply

    Who cares? Have you ever watched a film and thought, "Man that *would* have been a great film, if only for the title ..."

  • a | March 4, 2012 2:58 PM

    Carson, that's ridiculous.

  • Carson Wells | March 4, 2012 4:35 AM

    Yep, of course of I have. Titles matter, always have, always will.

  • PapushiSun | March 3, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    Sounds like a Steven Seagal title. On the covers it's always "Steven Seagal is" and then a three word title (Marked for Death, Out for Justice etc.). Steven Seagal is Killing Them Softly

  • a | March 3, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    I don't think it's THAT bad or generic a title.

  • Cde. | March 3, 2012 8:05 PMReply

    Mcraj is right, the film had this title back when it was filming this time last year.

  • Fred | March 3, 2012 7:41 PMReply

    What a shame. This title seemed cloying when applied (with 'em shortened from them) to a misbegotten comic 1982 pic with Irene Cara that seemed to singlehandedly end George Segal's days as a movie star. The Company has obviously decided to fluff this one up a bit to differentiate between it and whichever of their Important Projects is revealed later to be that Predestined for Best Picture at the 2013 Oscars.

  • kitcon | March 3, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    Sure, it makes me think of the song, but if this has a comedic tone then the new title may be more appropriate.

  • pearpair | March 3, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    Yikes. "Killing Them Softly" sounds like something Billy Crystal would've starred-in in the 90's. That title is at complete odds with what that still of Pitt exudes.

  • Cogan's Trade | March 3, 2012 3:51 PMReply

    I'm insulted.

  • Rah-al | March 3, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    Whoever made this decision should be fired. The movie now sounds like either a chick flick or a hip-hop song:
    killing them softly with his song,
    killing them softly,
    with his song,
    oooh, oooh, oooh
    Strummin' my fingers

  • KT | March 3, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    Calm the fuck down, people, Jesus.

  • Jeff | March 3, 2012 1:18 PMReply

    Fucking awful decision.

  • COUGARSTRADEE | March 3, 2012 12:35 PMReply

    THE F ! Cogan's Trade sounded so awesome. Probably the worst title change in movie history..

  • Trent. | March 3, 2012 12:31 PMReply

    Horrible new title. Jesus, what's wrong with Cogan's Trade?

  • AS | March 3, 2012 11:32 AMReply

    Yes, I preferred Cogan's Trade much more. Disappointing indeed. Oh, by the way, I was expecting this to be a crime drama but I read somewhere that it's a comedy, which confused me. Can anyone shed some light on that?

  • McRaj | March 3, 2012 11:14 AMReply

    This has been in the works for ages, the film was at times referred to as "Killing Them Softly" in local New Orleans news articles during shooting, which leads me to believe is was probably more Dominik's doing. I don't mind the change, I think it plays on the fact that its a bit generic.

  • a | March 3, 2012 8:15 PM

    I remember that too.

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