Akela Cooper: First Version Of ‘M3GAN’ Was “Way Gorier”

by Thomas Tuna

Makes you wonder what was left on the cutting room floor.

The positive critical and commercial reaction to the box office horror smash M3GAN has been such that a sequel is already being developed, but the original version of the film was even more graphic and violent–if the screenwriter can be believed.

Akela Cooper–who scripted the Blumhouse/Atomic Monster pic from a story by James Wan–recently told the Los Angeles Times “the body count in my script was higher than in the movie. She killed a bunch more people. I was merciless. But again, that’s me. My humor is extremely dark.”

So, will the uncut version ever reach the public? “There should be an unrated version at some point,” Cooper said. “I heard it’s on the books. And yes, it was way gorier.”

M3GAN–which earned a better-than-expected $30 million domestically over its opening weekend–was directed by Gerard Johnstone from Cooper’s script, and follows Gemma (Allison Williams), a toy company roboticist who uses artificial intelligence to create the lifelike doll known as M3GAN (Model 3 Generative Android).

But, when Gemma gets custody of her orphaned niece Cady (Violet McGraw), the android becomes “increasingly more independent,” according to the synopsis, “and violent towards anyone who poses a threat to Cady.”

The cast also includes Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey and Stephanie Garneau-Moriten.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the sequel to M3GAN.


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