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Phil Alden Robinson (director of Field of Dreams) adapted WP Kinsella's Shoeless Joe for the screen, ruthlessly chopping it up, streamlining the many stories into one - Ray's journey to reconcile with his father. Throughout the entire time of filming, the project was called Shoeless Joe. Robinson was incredibly attached to the title, because of his affinity for the book, and his deep heartfelt wish to embody the work faithfully.
Filming completed and the studio started to do test previews. Immediately, it became apparent to the higher-ups (ie producers) that the title was a problem. Audience members thought the movie was going to be about a homeless person. Ha!! Or, people with a bit more baseball knowledge thought that it was going to be a historical picture with Costner playing Shoeless Joe. There was much confusion going in. The title didn't work. It did for the book, but not for the movie.
So Larry Gordon, one of the producers, suggested a new title to Robinson: Field of Dreams.