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Park Won’t Allow Bullock Film

February 12, 1999

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Production plans for Sandra Bullock’s new movie ``28 Days″ sounded like a two-month nuisance to the National Park Service.

The park service refused to allow filming of the $30 million romantic comedy along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway because the movie company wants to build a two-story facade at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

Columbia TriStar Pictures wants to film between March 15 and May 22, but parkway Superintendent Gary Everhardt said Thursday he was concerned because ``visitors would be looking at the backside of the facade.″

Chief Ranger Gordon Wissinger wrote the movie company on Tuesday that the park service mission at Peaks of Otter ``is to provide a serene, peaceful, relaxing visitor experience within a pastoral landscape.″ The filming would be unacceptable, he wrote.

Wissinger said the Park Service would reconsider if the movie company came up with a plan that did not significantly alter the lodge.

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