‘M3GAN’ Screenwriter Reveals Inspiration For Dangerous Doll

by Thomas Tuna

Horror can hide behind some innocent faces.

The new Universal Pictures horror thriller M3GAN lands in theaters Jan. 6, 2023, and the film’s recently released trailer went viral, priming fans to see the movie that’s based on a story by horror maestro James Wan.

The feature is directed by Gerard Johnstone from a screenplay by Akela Cooper, and this week the writer gave some insight into the origins of her script and the lifelike doll at the center of the story.

Cooper–who also wrote the screenplay for Malignanttold Empire that she has always had a thing for ventriloquist’s dummies. “I saw the Anthony Hopkins movie Magic at a really young age,” she said, “and that cemented the creepiness in my brain.”

Cooper also confessed she was a big fan of the Child’s Play film franchise. “It was always my dream to create an iconic monster of my own,” she said.

M3GAN follows Gemma (Allison Williams), a roboticist at a toy company “who uses artificial intelligence to develop a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally,” according to the synopsis.

And, after gaining custody of her orphaned niece Cady, Gemma uses the M3GAN prototype to help her niece cope with the death of her parents. But, as time passes, the android becomes “increasingly independent–and violent towards anyone who poses a threat to Cady.”

The film also stars Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey and Stephanie Gameau-Moriten.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on M3GAN.


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