Following X-Men: Apocalypse this summer, which underperformed a bit and didn't quite meet fan expectations, the future of the X-Men franchise has seemed a bit uncertain. The one absolute certainty is that Fox is going to continue with the franchise and news broke this week that they are going to start shooting an X-Men movie in Montreal next year. Now it looks like we got some subtle confirmation that movie is going to be The New Mutants.

The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone has been attached to the project for quite some time and when the news broke a few days ago that Fox would be shooting a new X-Men movie in the Spring, many assumed it could be The New Mutants. Director Josh Boone took to Twitter reveals the news was making the rounds and in a not-so-subtle, but very indirect way, he pretty confirmed that to be the case. Here is what he had to say.

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"New X-Men film set to start shooting May...Hmmmm, what movie could it be?"

Considering the tweet, coupled with the fact that The New Mutants seems to be the only X-Men movie (what we know of) far enough along in the development process to start filming so soon, it seems like a safe bet Josh Boone is gearing up to finally shoot his X-Men movie. He has been teasing fans with it for quite some time and his Twitter profile banner is even a New Mutants comic book cover, so at this point, it would be surprising if the mystery X-Men movie wasn't The New Mutants. As for the other information, Journal de Montreal reported earlier in the week that Fox would be shooting at MELS studios, where they shot both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse. Here is what the report had to say.

"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."

No cast members have been confirmed for The New Mutants yet, but director Josh Boone teased in an Instagram post earlier this year that the movie would include characters such as Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Cannonball, Sunspot and Warlock. There have also been unconfirmed reports that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is being eyed to play Wolfsbane, a.k.a. Rahne Sinclair, with The Witch star Anya Taylor-Joy reportedly being looked at to play Magik, a.k.a. Illya Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus. This new report also claims 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 potentially returning. So The New Mutants could very well be that "soft reboot" for the X-Men franchise we've been hearing about.

We don't know much else about the movie, but it has been said that the next core franchise X-Men movie will take place in the 90s which would again make sense for The New Mutants. As for the rest of the X-Men franchise, Fox is also working hard on Deadpool 2 so they can get that movie going sooner rather than later with reports also claiming they are already working on Deadpool 3, which could wind up essentially being the long-rumored X-Force movie. Producer Simon Kinberg insists that Gambit is still in the cards, but it is very unclear as to when that could happen. Fox hasn't set a release date for The New Mutants yet, but assuming it really does start shooting soon, we will likely be learning a lot more about it in the near future.

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