Area filming cancelled for new ‘Apes’ movie

Some scenes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were supposed to be filmed west of Campbell River

The new Planet of the Apes movie will not be filming in the Campbell River area.

Forest scenes for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” were supposed to begin shooting in mid-April when local crews and businesses were told filming would be delayed until May.

On Tuesday, Island North Film Commissioner Joan Miller confirmed rumours the local forest scenes were cut and film crews will not be coming.

“I was told it because of logistics and scheduling,” she told the Mirror. “There was full intent on their part to film here. They were here for months doing a lot of scouting and pre-production work.”

The film crew was planning to shoot in the forest, approximately 60 kilometres west of the city.

“They picked this location because of the scenic forest and landscapes,” Miller said in a previous interview.

She added the film crew was happy with the area, local expertise and the professional attitude in which they were treated by businesses.

The segments for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were expected to be shot over 7-10 days and local businesses stood to benefit through rentals, hotels, catering and hiring some temporary jobs.

The movie, according to various entertainment websites, is being filmed in Vancouver, San Francisco and New Orleans. It’s due to be released in May 2014.