On 9/27, I published this after having a disagreement with a local movie worker about whether or not The Last Witch Hunter was filming in Pittsburgh or somewhere else:
People hope and plan for movies to be shot in the Pittsburgh area, but that does not always come to pass.
Take Frank or Francis or the YA movie Glimmer. Both rumored to shoot here. But it looks like neither is coming this way.
So the next major movie rumored to be coming to Pittsburgh but is not (at least not in any big way) is Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter. This movie just got a pile of money to be shot in Canada, so it will be shot in Canada.
It's too bad, but movies will always follow the money...err, tax credits. It doesn't matter how experienced the crews are, how willing the extras are, how many different kinds of locations can be shot in a fairly small geographic area. The only thing that matters is who's giving out the tax credits.
Well, I goofed. The article I linked to said that movie deals had been made in Toronto (at the Toronto International Film Festival), not that movie deals had been made to shoot in Toronto. Today, the Pittsburgh Business Times had a article saying that The Last Witch Hunter is expected to film in the Pittsburgh area early next year.
So it would be great to see a major movie shot in Pittsburgh next year, and it sounds like The Last Witch Hunter will be. My sincere apologies, I hate publishing incorrect information.