M. Night Shyamalan will move production of his new thriller Devil
from his hometown of Philadelphia to Toronto because Pennsylvania
can't guarantee his film will get a tax credit.
movie "Devil" relocate to Toronto from Philadelphia
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 25, 2009
According to local news media, Jane Saul, director of the Pennsylvania
Film Office tells Philly.com:
“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,. This is an obvious sign
that without the film tax credit in place, we lose film business,
and in turn, jobs.” Looks like Night will be racking some
frequent flier miles flying back and forth from Toronto.
M Night Shyamalan, who filmed each of his movies around the city,
brings in an estimated $375 million to the local economy. This whole
project is financed by him, could no longer wait for legislators
to approve the film tax credits and decided to move the production
to Toronto, Canada.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said the film sat in limbo for 56 days
waiting for legislators to approve tax incentives for the film industry.
Toronto’s film commissioner Peter Finestone confirmed today
that the film, written and produced by Mr. Shyamalan, is expected
to be shot in Toronto this fall. We are very happy to have him doing
his work here. It is good news for us, and it continues to say that
Toronto is a centre for excellence. It sends a very positive message
back to other film makers that this is a place that can deliver
the product that you want without any surprises
In Oct., 2008, the media reported:
The "Sixth Sense" director will produce the supernatural
thriller "Devil," an independently financed project based
on his idea. No plot details were revealed. It will be directed
by "Quarantine" duo John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle
from a script by Brian Nelson ("30 Days of Night"). The
project will be the first feature Shyamalan has written or produced
It will be the first under a three-film financing/production partnership
with independent financier Media Rights Capital, dubbed the Night
Chronicles. The subsequent two films, set to begin production in
2010 and 2011, respectively, will also be based on his original
stories. John Erick Dowdle recently directed "Quarantine,"
an adaptation of the Spanish horror hit "(Rec)" he co-scripted
with brother Drew. "This is a dream for me. I wanted to find
filmmakers that inspire me and I found them," said Shyamalan,
who will co-own the films' copyrights with MRC and shop them for
distribution. Shyamalan, who recently experienced recent critical
lambasting for his $64.5 million-grossing supernatural thriller
"The Happening," is now directing "The Last Airbender,"
a family fantasy which is set for a 2010 release through Paramount