There are plenty of blockbuster movies filmed in Northern California, and another is set to premiere in theaters this week based on the classic Jack London novel and starring Harrison ford.
Call of the Wild is set to hit the theaters of February 21, featuring multiple scenes filmed in the Humboldt County area. According to the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission, filming locations for the $109 million dollar budget movie included the Smith River and Wilson Creek Beach.
“While the highway may be replaced by railroad and a steam locomotive with some CGI trickery, Wilson Beach is certainly recognizable to those familiar, especially locals,” said the Humboldt and Del Norte Film Commission. “The Smith River, standing in for the Yukon River, will play a starring role in exciting rapids scenes featuring Mr. Ford and his canine companion, Buck.”
Here is a synopsis of the movie:
Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
As a live-action/animation hybrid, THE CALL OF THE WILD employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic–and emotionally authentic–characters.
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Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine