The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 2002 – dir. Peter Jackson
Its theatrical release only a year after the World Trade Center attacks, director Peter Jackson mentioned that the producers briefly considered retitling the film, although opted against the idea as, “Fans would’ve killed us.”
I’ve often pondered alternate titles for the trilogy’s second installment. Tolkien himself was less than happy with it in hindsight. He never even concretely specified WHICH two towers the title referred to, although one was most certainly Orthanc, the spire of Saruman, the corrupted white wizard. Other contenders could include Minas Tirith (Gondor’s capital), Minas Morgul (the lair of the Ringwraiths), or Cirith Ungol (the guard tower at the secret entrance to Mordor).