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Monroeville business park, county courthouse to be filmed for ‘Manhunt’

Written by Dillon Carr from the Tribune-Review


Monroeville is getting back into show biz.

But this time, instead of filming zombies at the sprawling Monroeville Mall, a site on the 172-acre Tech One Business Park will be transformed into a scene from “Manhunt: Lone Wolf,” the second season of an American true-crime miniseries.

Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer confirmed the site is one of many in the region to be used for filming from June through November.

The production team also plans to film scenes in and around the Allegheny County Courthouse, according to legislation before county council, which meets for a vote May 7.

The casting call will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs declined to comment further on the production team’s plans because council members have not had the chance to discuss it publicly. She did say, however, the courthouse would not close during filming.

“Manhunt” opened a production office in Pittsburgh in March.

The production team received a one-year permit from Monroeville on April 25. It gives Manhunt Production Inc. “permission to create a replica setup of a concert festival grounds.”

The Manhunt series aired on Discovery Channel in the summer of 2017 and the first season, “Manhunt: Unabomber,” was the true story of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, who between 1978 and 1995 killed three people and injured 23 others in order to start an anarchy revolution.

He pleaded guilty in 1998 and is currently serving a life-sentence without parole. reported last year that season two will focus on Richard Jewell, a security guard who was first praised for his quick action and then accused of a bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Eventually, Jewell was exonerated fully when Eric Rudolph was convicted of that crime.

A spokesperson for Lionsgate did not immediately return an email to confirm season two’s plot.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, or via Twitter .

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