Jason Blum and James Wan, two of horror’s prominent names, are teaming up on the techno horro-thiller, M3GAN, from a script by Luke Cage’s Akela Cooper. Housebound director Gerard Johnstone will helm the project.

Blum and Wan have a longstanding friendship and working relationship since Wan directed the Blumhouse film Insidious in 2010.

Wan told The Hollywood Reporter, “I had such a great time working together with Jason on Insidious, a film that did a lot of good for both of us. I don’t forget where I started from and I’m grateful and appreciative of Jason. We’ve been looking for something to collaborate on again since.”

Cooper’s script sees a brilliant toy company roboticist who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to bond emotionally with the roboticist’s newly-orphaned niece. But, when the programming works too well, M3GAN becomes overprotective of her new friend – with terrifying results, obviously, because it’s a horror.

Part of the project’s origin comes from Wan’s Atomic Monster Productions, where he and his executives were searching for ideas and landed on one about a killer doll. Though Wan has already gone down the creepy doll road with films like Annabelle, but he feels that this concept will resonate with audiences in a completely different way:

“Pretty much the concept is about embracing technology too much and relying too much on it. And what happens with technology runs amok. It’s a commentary on the world we live in and it feels relevant.”

Blum revealed that M3GAN will also have some black humour in it, which is part of the reason they chose Johnstone for the job. “We needed someone who can do the thrills and set pieces, but who also has a cheeky approach.”

The project is expected to begin filming this fall.

 

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