THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Sets Up Shop In Pennsylvania

Director James Wan is almost complete filming Fast And Furious 7, which may precede with actor Vin Diesel‘s newest adventure with the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate’s new film, The Last Witch Hunter this summer. Production did take a while to start, however, with the tragic car crash that killed Fast And Furious 7 co-star Paul Walker back in late November during holiday break, which forced both films to be put on hold at the time.

Starring Diesel with more names to be added, The Last Witch Hunter centers on an immortal witch hunter who ironically ends up partnering with a witch to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on mankind. The production has already begun setting up camp in Allegheny county in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the backdrop for film’s New York City setting, which in turn, also grants the production a $14,088,820 tax credit for the film’s six hundred employees, which amounts the film’s budget somewhere in the ballpark of $56,355,280, based on Pennsylvania’s 25-percent policy.

Diesel himself has expressed his own hopes for the project with a recent post on his Facebook page, calling the script, “amazing”. The actor also discussed the project with Maria Menounos in an interview last year regarding his excitement in line director Breck Eisner’s involvement, stating in part “…his enthusiasm is amazing, you can feel it. It’s definitely on the plus side of things. The next couple of years is really going to be dictated by scheduling. Is it something I’m interested in? Yes. Is it something I’d like to shoot? Yes. Do I like starting a new genre and…making a movie with Lionsgate, I do like what they’ve done with Hunger Games… Twilight… I’m interested in exploring that.” .

Oscar-nomimated Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack is working Priest writer Cory Goodman’s screenplay. Summit is accompanied by Lakeshore Entertainment, Mark Canton Productions and Diesel‘s One Race Productions as backers of the project.

Eisner is no longer involved with Karate Kid 2 following previous reports.

Stay tuned for more info!