New X-Men movie to film in Montreal in the spring
A new X-Men movie is set to keep the superhero franchise in Quebec by filming in Montreal from May next year.
“We had two and a half months of negotiations with the people at Fox,” said Michel Trudel, president of Mels Studios in Montreal, in an interview (in French) to Le Journal de Montreal.
“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 experiences with us and they were very satisfied with our facilities and talent of the Quebec film industry.”
Both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse filmed in Montreal to tell stories focussing on the young Professor Charles Xavier and villain Magneto.
Filmmaker Josh Boone is writing and directing the upcoming feature X-Men: The New Mutants and has hinted on Twitter that this is the project that will start filming in May.
The X-Men franchise has helped boost Montreal’s profile as an international filming location for the past few years. Early next year the city will also host Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, a TV series adaptation of the CIA spy stories for Amazon. The project comes two years after the character’s last big-screen appearance in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which filmed mainly in the UK.
Quebec offers a competitive filming incentive package but Canada’s main production hubs are still Vancouver in the west of the country and Toronto in the east.
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