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While the team of mutants known as the X-Men has classically had a home in a mysterious location in upstate New York, the production of X-Men movies is starting to find its own home in Montreal, Quebec. A great deal of the filming on Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past was done in the Canadian city, and perhaps in an attempt to duplicate the success of that movie, the franchise will be returning to make its the next installment - X-Men: Apocalypse.
This news comes to us from the Journal de Montreal (via CJAD News), which not only says that the X-Men are coming back to Montreal, but even has a pre-production schedule for the movie. According to their sources, the production office for X-Men: Apocalypse will open next month, and construction on sets will start up in December. All of that work will lead up to April, which is when filming is reported to begin.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was the first movie in the franchise to film in Montreal, but the series has actually been all over Canada (Wolverine's home country!) The first X-Men was primarily filmed around Ontario, and the first two sequels also spent time in Alberta and Manitoba provinces. Both Wolverine movies took their business down to Australia (star Hugh Jackman's home country), and X-Men: First Class was primarily shot in the UK. So, in a way, it's kind of nice that between Days of Future Past and Apocalypse we'll see a touch of stability.
At this stage we don't know a great deal about X-Men: Apocalypse, but the script is being penned by Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris - with Singer still eyeing the director's chair. It's been said that the movie will be set in 1983 and will primarily focus on the younger X-Men: First Class actors, like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters - though there has also been talk about the series finding younger versions of the characters introduced in the original X-Men trilogy. As the title implies and as was set up in the end credits of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the central villain of the film will be Apocalypse, though it's not quite clear which comic book storyline are being used for inspiration ("Age of Apocalypse" has been name-dropped in suggestion more than a few times).
The reason why production isn't scheduled to start until next spring is because the release date isn't until May 27, 2016, which still feels like a long time to wait. At least we'll have titles like The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015), Fantastic Four (June 19, 2015), Ant-Man (July 17,2015), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016), and Captain America 3 (May 6, 2016) to help scratch our comic book movie itch between now and then.