Horror pros James Wan and Jason Blum, who have produced a number of genre hits are teaming up on a new film about a killer doll.
Get ready for M3GAN, a tech horror-thriller that will be directed by New Zealand filmmaker Gerard Johnstone, known for the fun 2014 horror-comedy Housebound. The script comes from Akela Cooper, who’s worked primarily on the television realm, with credits include Grimm, The 100 and Luke Cage.
THR broke the news, describing the plot as follows:
Cooper’s script tells of 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.
“Pretty much the concept is about embracing technology too much and relying too much on it,” Wan told THR. “And what happens with technology runs amok. It’s a commentary on the world we live in and it feels relevant.”
The film is said to also have a dose of humour, which is part of why Johnstone was picked for the job; Housebound nailed a balance of suspense and laughs.
Both Wan and Blum will be producing the film, marking another project for the filmmakers since first teaming up on 2010’s Insidious. Cameras on M3GAN are expected to start rolling around September/October.
Here’s the trailer for Housebound, a film we suggest you check out if you haven’t: