NewsWire: Fall Films: Return of the Hits - Sequels dominate as Hollywood heads into holidays

As for the season's main events, need we say more than Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers?

Blessed with lead-in films last year that each took in more than $300 million domestically, and Two Towers are set to disprove the old Hollywood notion that audiences need a two- or three-year breather between blockbuster sequels.

"Conventional wisdom would be that 12 months is too close together to have a sequel," said Mark Ordesky, an executive producer of the three Lord of the Rings films. "But what's become evident with ours is that people are perceiving the films as what they are. Not sequels, but one giant, epic story told in three installments."

Since director Peter Jackson shot all three Lord of the Rings films simultaneously, fans can expect another dose of class and quality.

It doesn't hurt that J.R.R. Tolkien's saga of Middle-earth and a hobbit named Frodo has almost 50 years of built-in fandom, and that Jackson left audiences salivating for part two with last year's opening chapter, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Inevitable blockbusters, the only question about Chamber of Secrets and Two Towers is where they will stack up on a 2002 box-office chart that already has produced a $400 million sensation in Spider-Man and a $300 million smash in Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones.


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