This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but M3GAN will be receiving the sequel treatment. The horror film, which was produced by Jason Blum and James Wan, was a big box office success when it opened at the beginning of this month.
Marketing for M3GAN began several months ago, when its first teaser trailer, featuring the AI doll performing a super-creepy dance move, went viral almost immediately. Memes were quickly created, and M3GAN herself became active on Twitter (even indulging in a very funny and clever war of the wits with Chucky).
In the weeks leading to the premiere, a flock of M3GANs attended special events, and even stood outside of The Today Show’s iconic window as actress Allison Williams was interviewed about her role in the film. Recently, Drew Barrymore parodied that creepy dance while dressed in the now-famous doll’s costume.
M3GAN had the power to bring people back in theaters
By the time the full trailer hit in November, practically every horror fan was itching to see M3GAN in action. With a budget of $12 million, the film was fully expected to be a success, but it exceeded expectations, grossing more than $126 million worldwide.
At a time when theaters are still trying to rebound from pandemic shut downs, films that bring in crowds are highly sought after, and M3GAN was just what the doctor ordered. It was definitely a horror film, but it was more fun than it was terrifying, and its PG-13 rating ensured that teens and adults alike could potentially become fans.
With a quirky, creepy storyline, appealing actors and astounding special effects, the film excited fans (and, no doubt, made Blum and Wan very happy).
Of course Blumhouse would want a sequel, and M3GAN 2.0 was announced with an expected theatrical debut date of January 17, 2025. Akela Cooper will be returning as screenwriter, and Allison Williams and Violet McGraw are set to return in the lead roles of Gemma and Cady.
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