While many people are trying to figure out what exactly the X-Men: Apocalypse sequel will be we now know thanks to Simon Kinberg it won’t be titled X-Men: Supernova. These statements coming from SlashFilm are confirming Omega Underground’s previous tidbit from January that the title was bogus.
“It’s not called Supernova. One of the things we do when we make these X-Men movies, to be totally candid, is — any of these movies, it’s on Star Wars, too — is you come up with fake names to throw people off the scent and when you’re out making the movie, the signs that show you where the locations are say Nova, or whatever the fake title is, and people figure it out, and I don’t even know why we do it anymore.
But at any rate, it’s not called Supernova. That was the code name for it. There’s yet another code name now. What I can tell you is that we’re in early stages of prep on it…”
The project reportedly has two other production titles or codenames that include Dark Phoenix and Teen Spirit (Nirvana nod) these were previously listed on both Production Weekly and My Entertainment World linked directly to X-Men: Supernova. We’ve assumed for weeks now that the release title will eventually turn into X-Men: Dark Phoenix or X-Men: The Phoenix Saga.
However, that Teen Spirit codename is still being officially used by 20th Century Fox.
Omega Underground has just uncovered Teen Spirit’s production start and wrap dates supporting previous production sources. A local Montreal union source essentially confirms that this project is indeed shooting in the province of Quebec this summer and well into the fall.
Teen Spirit will start production on June 4th and will wrap sometime in October.
These dates and new listing come directly from ACTRA Montreal. The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists is the union of professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada.
Basically, this union source is just as legitimate as our previous source for Deadpool 2’s production dates (June-September) we spotted via the British Columbia division of The Directors Guild of Canada, another Canadian film industry union.
This supports a previous listing by My Entertainment World that the film would begin filming this summer.
Andrea Kenyon and Randi Wells will be the film’s casting directors the pair have previously worked on films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, 300, Immortals, Riddick, Warm Bodies, Bad Santa 2, and Eli Roth’s Death Wish.
The listing also mentions that Michael Scherer will be the film’s stunt coordinator. This isn’t entirely shocking as Scherer previously worked on both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, both projects were shot in Montreal.
Montreal’s FJB Casting will be handling the extra castings their previous credits just happen to include X-Men: Apocalypse and Arrival.
Collider recently reported that Simon Kinberg is in talks to direct the film, while Kinberg has commented that talk is still “premature”. However, with the film listed as in pre-production a director has been hired and it remains to be seen if it’s Simon.
It’s interesting we didn’t spot a listing for Josh Boone’s X-Men: The New Mutants here. Although, we had the idea that the two X-Men productions could be lumped into one as a cost cutting measure by the studio. The two films were expected to shoot at the same facility located at MELS Studios.
Le Journal de Montreal had previously stated that the seventh main X-Men film would be shooting in Montreal again in 2017 as confirmed by MELS Studios’ Michel Trudel and X-Men producer Todd Hallowell.
The mutants of X-Men arrive in Montreal for a third time after turning the last two X-Men in the metropolis, the Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox has again chosen Montreal to shoot the next film in the popular saga.
This seventh film in the series X-Men, whose title has not yet been selected, will be shot in Montreal in the spring of 2017. A production office has already opened its doors yesterday in the MELS Studios. The construction of the sets of the film will begin in January.
“They will start shooting in May and they will occupy Studios 2 and 3 of MELS for several months,” says the president of MELS, Michel Trudel.
“We had two and a half months of negotiations with the people of Fox,” says 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 experiences with us and were very pleased with our facilities and the talent of the Quebec filmmakers. “
“MELS is one of the best film studios in the world, with an understanding of the needs of this kind of filming. Michel Trudel and his team are the kind of partners we want to work with. We are delighted at Fox to come back for a third time in Montreal to shoot the next X-Men, “Hallowell said in a media message.
HeyUGuys were able to get Sophie Turner to confirm her involvement in an upcoming X-Men film on the BAFTA red carpet.
McAvoy had teased a reunion with Kinberg this summer on his Instagram account.
If the two films are shooting at the same location it could support talk they might be sharing cast members as reports and Boone himself have hinted that James McAvoy and Alexandra Shipp could be reprising their roles in New Mutants.
Our assumption is that Teen Spirit will be set during 1991 as it’s the release date for the single and video for Nirvana’s Teen Spirit. Kinberg had previously mentioned a desire to set the sequel in the 1990s. The year also marks Marvel’s relaunch of the X-Men comics which took place a month after the release of Teen Spirit.
Keep an eye on Omega Underground for more updates concerning these upcoming X-Men projects.
SOURCE: OMEGA UNDERGROUND