M. Night Shyamalan Moves the Dowdle's Devil Up To Canada
An interesting story uncovered today by our friends at SlashFilm as found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. M. Night Shyamalan has been a hometown filmmaker ever since he started with The Sixth Sense and Wide Awake back in the late 90s. He's shot eight out of nine of his films in the Philadelphia region and is even staying there for post-production on The Last Airbender. Which is why the local newspaper made a big deal out of Shyamalan taking his film Devil up to Canada. But what is Devil? First off, it's not a new Shyamalan film, as he's only producing (and writing the story), but it sounds like a very interesting project anyway.
There are no actual story details available yet, but we do know that Devil is being directed by the Dowdle Brothers - Drew and John Erick - who last brought us two creepy thrillers, The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine (the [Rec] remake). Doing a quick search I discovered that Devil is actually the first film in the Night Chronicles, a trio of thrillers in which Shyamalan will create the central premise, and then pass the idea off to suitable writers and directors to develop into a feature. This is the first one. And it looks like the Dowdle's are directing a script written by Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night screenwriter Brian Nelson.
Shyamalan and company decided to leave Philadelphia to shoot Devil in Canada because of financing issues. "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. "This is an obvious sign that without the film tax credit in place, we lose film business, and in turn, jobs." As we all know, getting good tax incentives is an important part of the filmmaking process. But if this means we get to see it sooner than later, then I'm all for it, because Devil sounds like it could be awesome.