M3GAN filmmakers reveal the sci-fi horror could become a franchise

‘There’s talk of a sequel’: M3GAN filmmakers James Wan and Gerard Johnstone reveal the new sci-fi horror movie could become a franchise

Upcoming sci-fi horror movie M3GAN, which sees things take a sinister turn when an AI prototype becomes violent, has already caused a stir.

And filmmakers have revealed that the terrifying epic, set for release on January 6, could become a franchise as they teased there are already ‘talks’ of a sequel.

M3GAN sees robotics engineer Gemma (Allison Williams) create an AI prototype called ‘Model 3 Generative’ or M3GAN after gaining custody of her niece Cady, played by Violet McGraw.

Horror: Upcoming sci-fi horror movie M3GAN, which sees things take a dark turn when an AI prototype becomes violent, has already caused a stir

The doll is meant to ‘protect Cady from harm both physical and emotional’ but things quickly take a much darker turn.

Speaking about the film, director Gerard Johnstone and producer James Wan shared their desires to create a sequel, hinting that they ‘have an idea’ of where they want to go with one.

Gerard told Collider: ‘Oh, well, there’s talk of a sequel, but we’ll have to wait and see.’

Meanwhile, James added: ‘If we’re fortunate enough to have sequels, then we have an idea of where we want to go.’

Franchise plans? And filmmakers have revealed that the terrifying epic, set for release on January 6, could become a franchise as they teased there are already ‘talks’ of a sequel

Fans got a look at the sinister doll, built to resemble a little girl, in a trailer which sees Gemma bring home M3GAN for Cady with the intention of bonding the two.

The pairing is initiated once Gemma instructs Caty to place two fingers in the middle of M3GAN’s palm.

M3GAN (voiced by Amie Donald) promises never to harm Cady while men look on from an observation room behind a one-way mirror. 

In a fun montage, all seems well between Cady and her new lifelike pal as they’re seen dancing together at home.

Robot: M3GAN sees robotics engineer Gemma (Allison Williams) create an AI prototype called ‘Model 3 Generative’ or M3GAN after gaining custody of her niece Cady (Violet McGraw)

Gemma reminds M3GAN that her prime directive is ‘to protect Cady from harm, both physical and emotional.

However, things take a darker turn as the trailer cuts to a scene of a neighbourhood boy picking on Cady in the woods. 

M3GAN suddenly appears behind him and he’s confused as to just ‘what’ she is, when the doll orders him to ‘run’ before chasing him into oncoming traffic, resulting in instant death.

Gemma confronts M3GAN as she’s playing the piano, and out of nowhere the once friendly robot grabs Gemma’s head and slams it into a table.

Dark turn: The trailer reveals that the doll is meant to ‘protect Cady from harm both physical and emotional’ but things quickly take a much darker turn

Bonded: In a fun montage, all seems well between Cady and her new lifelike pal as they’re seen dancing together at home

As she continues to stray from her directive, M3GAN eventually begins wreaking havoc on the world outside the walls of Cady’s home.

She is seen stealing a sports car before confronting a man (Ronny Chieng) in a hallway, where she leaves him stunned as she performs some funky dance moves. 

She then picks up a large machete and flies at the man with a machete in hand, seemingly cutting off his head at the end of the pursuit. 

The trailer then cuts to a scene where Gemma has M3GAN tied up and explains that they have to shut her down.

Run! However, things take a darker turn as the trailer cuts to a scene of a neighbourhood boy picking on Cady in the woods, before M3GAN orders him to ‘run’

But M3GAN escapes and blows up a propane tank before making her escape. 

Later, Cady asks Gemma if M3GAN did ‘something bad,’ while the terrifying robot of death emerges from the shadows of a shack and attacks the property owner. 

Despite the scary content, M3GAN producers recently said they believe the film’s PG-13 rating is justified.

While there are some bloody scenes in the film, James Wan and Jason Blum defended the MPAA’s decision during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.  

Scary: As she continues to stray from her directive, M3GAN eventually begins wreaking havoc on the world outside the walls of Cady’s home

‘Some of the scariest movies of all time are PG-13, so I don’t put too much stock in the bellyaching,’ Jason said. ‘Go see the movie, and then tell me about it.’ 

The Grudge, The Ring, Insidious, Drag Me to Hell and a number of other terrifying films have been slapped with PG-13 ratings in recent years. 

James Wan added, ‘Listen, I’ve done PG-13 films and I’ve done R-rated films. So I think it’s about whatever is most suitable for the film, and even though M3GAN is a scary movie, teenagers will really dig this. They’ll really like it, and I think it will speak to them in a big way.’ 

‘Yes, that’s right,’ Jason added. ‘We wanted teenagers to be able to see the movie, ultimately.’ 

Attempts to stop her: The trailer then cuts to a scene where Gemma has M3GAN tied up and explains that they have to shut her down, but she manages to escape

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