X-Men won't disturb Mount Royal activities: Coderre
Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:00AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 10, 2017 6:34PM EDT
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is denying reports that the X-Men will use their superpowers to limit access to Mount Royal.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the thirteenth film in the superhero franchise, is set to film several scenes on the mountain between Aug. 20 to 25, with the first scene being shot on Sunday night. Mount Royal will be standing in for New York's Central Park in the film.
Les Amis de la Montagne, the non-profit organization that oversees activities on Mount Royal, criticized the production for disrupting the area during the busiest time of year.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Coderre promised that the parking lot off Remembrance Rd. next to Maison Smith would not be closed for the duration of shooting, but only during the setup and tear down of equipment, and that all activities on the mountain would be "maintained in full."
He also said municipal employees would maintain regular access to Mount Royal and their parking spaces would be relocated.
According to Coderre, between $75 to $80 million of the movie's production budget will be spent on filming within Montreal.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the third movie from the franchise to be filmed in Montreal since 2013.
X-Men et le Mont-Royal: parce que les faits sont importants— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) August 10, 2017
Meanwhile some fans are taking advantage of trips to the mountain just to see the transformation.
"This is a big thing and it's good for the city. It's going to be known around the world," said Marcel Sevigny.
Tourist Robert Stetz also enjoyed the construction of the movie set.
I don't live here but I will see the movie when it comes out. I can guarantee you that."