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X-Men movie to spend $80m filming in Montreal

X-MenSuperhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix will spend around CA$80m filming in Montreal over the coming months.

The film is the third in the X-Men movie franchise since 2014 to use Montreal as a production base.

Producers are scheduled to shoot scenes next week on Mount Royal, a hill in the centre of the city that is reportedly being used as a stand-in for Central Park in New York.

The film's production plans for Mount Royal have caused controversy in the city as the hill is a popular tourist attraction.

Mayor Denis Coderre has highlighted the film’s investment inward value and clarified that the planned five days of filming at the location will be evening and night shoots.

X-Men: Apocalypse previously used Mel’s Cite du Cinema as a production base and built close to 60 separate sets at the facility.

Quebec offers a 20% base filming incentive, which has helped drive a 50% increase in the number of international productions filming in the province over the past two years. 

Producers can also access a separate 16% tax credit to support visual effects, a sector which has grown by nearly 30% annually in the province since 2009, according to figures from the Quebec Film and Television Council.

Almost 40 local visual effects companies offer a technical base that is more than 3,000 strong.

For more on filming in Quebec see our production guide.

Images: Twentieth Century Fox