Eaters of the Dead
Produced by: Touchstone Pictures
Directed by: John McTiernan
Written by: William Wisher and Warren Lewis
Based on a novel by: Michael Crichton
Antonio Banderas
Diane Venora
Omar Sharif
Originally Released: 1999
Academy Awards:
Runtime: 103 minutes

Based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel "Eaters of the Dead," Touchstone Pictures' "The 13th Warrior" is an exciting and unforgettable adventure thriller from director John McTiernan. When an important emissary (Antonio Banderas) is abducted by a band of warriors, he is forced to join their quest to battle mysterious creatures legendary for consuming every living thing in their path.

Why was the title Eaters Of The Dead changed to The 13th Warrior for the film version? I changed the title because the original was just too disturbing for many people. Changing the title was my idea; the studio didn't want to do it. But I felt we should. During filming, people would say to me, "What are you working on?" and I would say, "Eaters of the Dead." And they would say, "What? What's it called?" and then when I repeated the title for them, most of the people said, "I don't want to see that" or "Ugh, I'll skip that one." They didn't even ask what it was about, they were just put off by the title. The other thing was that people couldn't remember the title. "What is it? The People Eaters?" That meant to me that there was a problem with the title. So we changed it.

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