20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise may be in the process of being “reconfigured“, but the studio is wasting no time moving on to the next chapter. A new report has revealed that the next X-Men film will begin filming next May in Montreal, and director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) dropped a pretty clear hint that that movie is going to be New Mutants.
A report in Le Journal de Montreal revealed that the production office for the next X-Men office is already set at MELS Studios with set construction beginning in January. Michel Trudel, the president of MELS confirmed, “They will start shooting in May and they will occupy Studios 2 and 3 of MELS for several months.” While the report didn’t explicitly state which X-Men film will film next year, Boone retweeted Den of Geek’s coverage of the story with the note “Hmmmm, what movie could it be?” So yeah, it’s probably New Mutants.
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) December 7, 2016
And that makes sense. Fox finds themselves at a bit of a crossroads with their long-running mutant verse. It’s a cash cow, earning them more than $4 billion, worldwide, but this year’s release, Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Apocalypse, was met with critically and commercially disappointing results, earning only $544 million worldwide to Days of Future Pasts‘ $748. On top of that, X-Men stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult have reached the end of their three-picture contracts, and if the studio wants them to re-up, it’s going to be costly, and the long-planned Gambit movie has yet to come together again after losing two directors.
Meanwhile, Boone has been hard at work on New Mutants alongside his The Fault in Our Stars screenwriting duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The film adaptation will reportedly have a YA tone and feature the mutants Wolfsbane, Magik, Sunspot, Danielle Moonstar, Mirage, and Cannonball. They’ll also be joined by Professor X and, if early reports are to be believed, Alexandra Shipp‘s young Storm, who was introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse.
New Mutants doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but after a recent release date shakeup, the next “Untitled Marvel/Fox Film” is scheduled for March 2, 2018.