M. Night Shyamalan is renowned for shooting his films in (and around) the Philadelphia area. Since Wide Awake, the filmmaker has filmed each of his movies around the city of brotherly love — bringing in an estimated $375 million to the local economy. For his latest project, a film titled Devil, this will all change. The financiers of the project (which is being produced by Shyamalan) could no longer wait for legislators to approve the film tax credits and decided to move the production to Toronto, Canada. Carrie Rickey of Philly.com reports:
“Last week, at the 11th hour, Devil withdrew its application for credits because of uncertainty with respect to whether film tax credits would be in the state budget,” Jane Saul, director of the Pennsylvania Film Office, said yesterday. “This is an obvious sign that without the film tax credit in place, we lose film business, and in turn, jobs.”
Devil is being developed under Shyamalan’s Night Chronicles production company with Media Rights Capital. The film is a supernatural thriller to be directed by siblings John and Drew Dowdle. The script will be written by Brian Nelson and based on an original idea from Shyamalan. Thanks to Sri HK in the forums for the tip!