Shyamalan’s Devil: Production Moves To Canada

August 25, 2009

Due to uncertainty about Pennsylvania’s film tax credit, the production of M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil moves to Toronto, Canada. Read more and see photos and video here.

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The last eight out of nine feature films he’s made have been shot in the Philadelphia area, which has given a $375 million boost to the local economy. But the supernatural thriller, which was originally scheduled to be filmed in Philly, will now be shot entirely in Canada.

Speaking about Shyamalan’s Devil, the Director of the Pennsylvania Film Office, Jane Saul said:

“…(production) withdrew its application for credits because of uncertainty with respect to whether film tax credits would be in the state budget.”

The movie is another M. Night Shyamalan original, with some co-writing done by Brian Nelson. The film would be directed by the Dowdle Brothers (John Eick and Drew Dowdle), who are most well known for Quarantine and The Poughkeepsie Tapes.

They are keeping the details about the film very low key, but we do know that it is set to be rated PG-13, and will be the first of three films to be released under the Night Chronicles brand.

So why were superstar Hollywood writers and actors taking their business to Philly prior to the proposed tax change?

In Pennsylvania, film companies currently receive a 20% tax credit for production as long as they spend at least 60% of their budget in the state. In addition to that incentive, the companies were also eligible for up to $2 million in grants for production expenses.

It is that exact program that could potentially be cut, which critics say could have a major negative economic impact. Shyamalan’s Devil appears to be the first immediate example of the detrimental effects that could occur if they do away with the tax credit.

M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent project, The Last Airbender, is now in post-production.

See more photos and video below.

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