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Law Abiding Citizen Begins Shooting in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA- January 23, 2009 - Law Abiding Citizen began filming in Philadelphia this week and will be shooting all of its approximate 50 days in the Philadelphia area. F. Gary Gray (Be Cool, The Italian Job, Set It Off) directs Gerard Butler (300, P.S. I Love You), and Academy Award-Winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Dreamgirls, The Kingdom) in the two leading roles. Also in the cast are Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Crossing Jordan) and Bruce McGill (W., Vantage Point), Colm Meaney and Regina Hall.

The plot focuses on a man who, ten years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to extract justice from the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case against their killers. His vengeance threatens not only the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so.

Produced by The Film Department, an independent movie finance, production and international sales company, Law Abiding Citizen is based on a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (The Thomas Crown Affair) and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption). The film is produced by Lucas Foster (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper), Mark Gill, Alan Siegel, Butler and Wimmer with Neil Sacker, Michael Goguen and Robert Katz serving as executive producers. The filmmakers will derive a 25% transferable tax credit against their qualified PA expenses upon spending at least 60% of their budget in Pennsylvania.

“On the whole, we’d rather be shooting in Philadelphia,” said Mark Gill, CEO of The Film Department, which is financing the movie. “It’s a great city with remarkable locations, an extraordinary film commission, competitive financial incentives and the most-capable of crews.”

“We are pleased to be shooting in Philadelphia and grateful to Mayor Nutter, the extraordinary film commission, and especially Sharon Pinkenson for their exceptional support,” said producer Lucas Foster. “We were delighted to discover a city that adds so much flavor to our movie, and continues to surprise us – we love Philadelphia.”

Among the intended Law Abiding Citizen featured locations are City Hall and Holmesburg Prison. The production is estimated to spend and stimulate more than $50M in economic activity for the region through the hiring of local crew and actors; payment of local & state taxes and for city services; patronage of local businesses such as car and truck rentals, equipment houses, production services, banking institutions, lumber yards, hardware stores, clothing & retail shops, dry cleaners, restaurants & bars, hotel rooms, location rentals, office supplies, communications equipment and set design companies.

“The incentives created by the State of Pennsylvania and the tremendous efforts by the City of Philadelphia have made it possible for us to shoot here. This film production will pour many millions of dollars into the local and state economy during one of the worst economic crises in our country’s history,” added Robert Katz, President of Production for The Film Department. “We look forward to making this the first of many films we shoot here.”

“The Film Department’s decision to hire 60% of their production crew from our local pool of professionals really warms our hearts. This is exactly what the Tax Credit was intended for and we are extremely delighted to have attracted such a fantastic cast in our city in the process.” said Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

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