If the investors in Jurassic Park never figured out that the dinosaurs always kill people, then the manufacturers of M3GAN can be just as entertainingly dense. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a sequel to the killer horror movie — aptly titled, M3GAN 2.0 — hit theaters on January 17th, 2025.
M3GAN, aka the Model 3 Generative Android, romped its way to a $30 million box office in its opening weekend and has made nearly $100 million to date. Those are the kind of numbers that would be impressive for almost anyone except James Cameron, let alone a movie with a $12 million budget.
M3GAN starred Allison Williams as the human protagonist, with a team of Amie Donald and Jenna Davis as the titular villain. It was directed by Gerard Johnston and boasted a script by Akela Cooper and horror auteur James Wan, who also produced. “M3GAN plays on a lot of different levels: It’s scary, creepy, touching and emotional at the same time,” Wan said. “We wanted to lean into something more technology-driven as opposed to supernatural.”
Williams and co-star Violet McGraw will reprise their roles in M3GAN 2.0. Screenwriter Akela Cooper, who wrote the original, is also slated to return.
In her A review of the original film, our own Cady Siregar wrote,
“Its accessible themes don’t come off as oversaturated, thanks to the wit of the screenplay and a great performance from Williams. Instead of over-pontificating on these very real fears, we have M3GAN softly playing an Eminem song on a piano. We have her breakdancing in a hallway as she chases after the blood of mortals. Our nightmares will forever be terrorized by a girlish doll with perfect eyeliner and Disney Princess eyes, who looks like she listens to She & Him.
“It’s M3GAN’s world, and we’re just living in it.”
If you can’t get enough M3GAN, be sure to check out our explainer on the ending.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated additional details, including the sequel’s title and release date.