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‘Conan,’ ‘Hobbit’ production news


In other Conan news, Rose McGowan reportedly is joining the cast of Marcus Nispel’s planned “Conan” remake, according to Variety.

She joins Ron Perlman and Stephen Lang in the cast, and will play, according to the article, an “evil half-human/half-witch.” McGowan’s casting in “Conan” likely puts the kibosh on the rumored “Red Sonja” remake that was heavily hyped at Comic-Con a few years back. Unless “Conan” takes off, and McGowan moves from it to “Red” in time.

Meanwhile, production inches closer to a start date on Guillermo del Toro’s “The Hobbit.”

Posting on his official Web site, Sir Ian McKellen – who plays the wizard Gandalf – says production on the two-film adaptation should begin in June.

“(The) two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June,” he writes. “Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script, too, proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.”

“The Hobbit” is expected to be in theaters in 2012.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • March 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can’t believe they’re starting production on this now….I’m excited to see it but it probably won’t come out for a while

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