Pop Goes The News — Another movie in the X-Men franchise will be made in Montreal.
Pre-production is underway, set construction begins next month, and cameras will roll at Mel’s Cité du Cinema beginning in May.
“We are delighted, at Fox, to return for a third time to Montreal to shoot the next X-Men,” producer Todd Hallowell said in a statement.
It is believed Montreal will play host to X-Men: The New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars).
It follows the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s school, including Danielle Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball, Magik, and Warlock.
No casting details have been announced but there are rumours that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is in talks to play Wolfsbane (in April, she told EW: “I can’t say much about it at all, but I would absolutely love to be a part of it”).
Earlier this year, producer Simon Kinberg told Collider the film will be set in the ‘90s.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past, released in 2014, was made in Montreal in the spring/summer of 2013 and last year’s X-Men: Apocalpyse was shot in the city in the spring/summer of 2015.
Each of those films had budgets of close to $200 million and went on to gross a combined $1.3 billion worldwide.
The first X-Men movie, released in 2000, was filmed in and around Toronto and the sequels, 2003’s X2 and 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand were made in Vancouver.