James Wan and Jason Blum to Produce Killer Robot Doll Film ‘M3GAN’

James Wan may be getting a lot of attention for his upcoming DC Universe film Aquaman, but the man best known for scaring people with creepy dolls is back in the saddle with his new project M3GAN (and, you guessed it, it is about a terrifying doll that comes to life).  

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the eve of SDCC 2018, where it was learned that Jason Blum and Wan will begin production of the film this fall.  Wan will not be directing the film and instead, “Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.” 

The story naturally involves “…a brilliant toy company roboticist who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to emotionally bond with her newly orphaned niece. But when the doll’s programming works too well, she becomes overprotective of her new friend…with terrifying results.”

The project originated with some discussions at Wan’s Atomic Monster “…where he and his execs were kicking around film ideas and landed upon one about a killer doll” ( and I imagine that this is a pretty frequent topic of conversation over at Atomic Monster…).  Wan explained that “Pretty much the concept is about embracing technology too much and relying too much on it.  And what happens with technology runs amok. It’s a commentary on the world we live in and it feels relevant.”

Speaking of killer dolls, it was reported by HNN in early July that the old school king of deranged toys, Chucky, would be getting his own remake by  Polaroid director Lars Klevberg as a new version of Child’s Play is “… set to start production this September in Vancouver.”  One has to wonder: is a Deadly Friend reboot far behind?

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Nick joined the website in 2015. His lifelong love of comics and horror began with Universal Monsters and the Incredible Hulk. He has fond memories of going to Waldbaum’s supermarket with his mother and being rewarded with a 3-pack of sealed comics. It’s been all downhill from there… Since those early days, his life has been immersed in four color action and scares on the silver screen.
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