After the release of X-Men: Apocalypse this summer, 20th Century Fox hasn’t said much about the future of the X-Men franchise. We know the studio is developing a number of spin-offs such as The New Mutants, X-Force and Gambit, not to mention Deadpool 2, while it is also believed that Bryan Singer is coming back to direct a new X-Men film that is set in the 1990s, which will follow the new timeline set forth in X-Men: Days of Future Past, set in the 1970s, and this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, set in the 1980s. Today we have word that 20th Century Fox has opened production offices in Montreal for a new X-Men film, but we don’t know exactly which one it is.
Journal de Montreal reveals that 20th Century Fox is returning to Montreal for this unspecified film, after shooting in the Canadian city for X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. The site spoke with the president of MELS Studios, Michel Trudel, who confirmed that this mysterious proudction will be shot in Montreal over the course of several months. Here’s what he had to say in a statement, revealing that 20th Century Fox was also exploring other location options before deciding on Montreal for this new X-Men movie.
“They will start shooting in May and they will occupy Studios 2 and 3 of MELS for several months. We had two and a half months of negotiations with the people of Fox explains Michel Trudel. I went to Los Angeles last October to try to convince them. We are very pleased that they have agreed to return to Montreal. They enjoyed their two previous shooting experience with us and they were very satisfied with our facilities and talent of the Quebec film industry.”
It’s also worth noting that this project very well could be the Gambit spin-off, since producer Simon Kinberg revealed this July that they plan on shooting that movie in the spring of 2017. This would also make sense since Gambit is seemingly the farthest along in the development process, with Channing Tatum set to play the title character. However, just a month after Simon Kinberg said shooting would begin this spring, director Doug Liman dropped out, and there haven’t been any updates on Gambit since then.
However, it has been reported that The New Mutants is also aiming for a spring 2017 shoot, with writer-director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars, The Stand) at the helm. No cast members have been confirmed yet, although the director teased in an Instagram post this spring that The New Mutants would include characters such as Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. There have also been reports that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will play Wolfsbane, a.k.a. Rahne Sinclair, with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly signing on to play Magik, a.k.a. Illya Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus. That report also claimed that X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp will return as Storm, with Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) also being eyed to return.
As for X-Men 7, an unconfirmed report surfaced last month that claimed this project would reboot the iconic Dark Phoenix saga, which was told through the original X-Men trilogy. The events at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past essentially erased the timeline of the original trilogy, and started a new timeline, so it would make sense to reboot this story with the younger actors from X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. While the Dark Phoenix reboot story has not yet been confirmed, this latest report was the second time this year rumors of the Dark Phoenix reboot have surfaced.