Gerard Johnstone's M3GAN has raked in nearly $92M worldwide (off the back of a $12M production budget) since its debut earlier this month, and you know what that means - a sequel was basically guaranteed.
There've been hints that such a film was already in the works, but today it's been made official via a new report over at The Hollywood Reporter:
"James Wan’s Atomic Monster and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse banners on Wednesday officially announced a sequel to M3GAN, the horror sensation that opened Jan. 6."
"Titled M3GAN 2.0, the script is being written by Akela Cooper, who wrote the original. There’s even a release date: Jan. 17, 2025."
"Actors Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, who starred in the first and survived to tell the tale, are onboard to return. In addition, Williams, who served as an exec producer the original, will now be acting as a producer."
Yes, M3GAN is getting a sequel, titled M3GAN 2.0. Yes, the whole gang's gonna be back for it (everyone who survived M3GAN the first time around, anyway). Akela Cooper's returning to write the script, and Gerard Johnstone ... well, according to THR he isn't officially confirmed to return yet, but the film's producers "hope to make a deal with him." We're not betting types, but if we were, we'd put all our chips on Johnstone joining in on the fun, as well.
This is very exciting stuff for everyone who fell in love with M3GAN during her first big-screen outing, and we're particularly excited to hear that the same creative team will be putting this one together - particularly Cooper, who's acquitted herself as the person you want writing your gonzo horror movies after the one-two punch of Malignant and M3GAN.
Nothing further to report at this time, but you can rest assured we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for any and all updates on this project as they roll in. Stay tuned for those, and (for the love of God) if you haven't already caught M3GAN in theaters, consider rectifying that now. Once you do, you'll be just as excited for M3GAN 2.0 as we are.