M. Night Shyamalan Exorcises DEVIL Out of Pennsylvania and into Toronto’s Tax Incentives

     August 25, 2009


While audiences no longer remain faithful to writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and Shyamalan no longer remains faithful to movies that aren’t laughably bad, the “Happening” director (he no longer gets to be called “Sixth Sense” director) is now no longer faithful to his home of Pennsylvania where he has shot all of his films*.  He’s heading to Toronto and their sweet, sweet tax incentives for his upcoming film, “Devil”.  Hit the jump to find out why he’s making that deal.

In a detailed article [via /Film] about the affects of Pennsylvania’s deadlocked budget negations on the local film industry, the author doesn’t blame Shyamalan for leaving Pennsylvania (although it should; he made “The Happening”) but puts the blame on lawmakers who are unable to pass a budget.  After waiting 56 days in limbo, “Devil’s” financial backers withdrew their application for tax credits because of the uncertainty that those tax credits may not be in the budget.  While I have a tough time forgiving Shyamalan for anything, I do have to say he’s been faithful to his home state and this is an unfortunate consequence of the current state of the U.S. economy.

*The article says eight of his nine but I looked through the filming locations listed for all of his films and unless it’s 1992’s “Praying with Anger”, then someone has bad information and I refuse to believe that it’s me because my information is spectacular.

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