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AI goes awry in the trailer for Blumhouse and James Wan’s “M3GAN”

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

There’s an especially advanced and extremely deadly doll coming to theaters in January.

Universal has released the trailer for M3GAN, produced by James Wan and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, which sees release January 13. Gerard Johnstone of the vastly undercelebrated HOUSEBOUND directed from a script by Akela Cooper (MALIGNANT), based on a story by Cooper and Wan; Allison Williams (GET OUT), Violet McGraw (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE), Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey and Stephane Garneau-Monten star. The synopsis: “M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma [Williams], M3GAN can listen and watch and learn as she becomes friend and teacher, playmate and protector, for the child she is bonded to. When Gemma suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady [McGraw], Gemma’s unsure and unprepared to be a parent. Under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair her M3GAN prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems—a decision that will have unimaginable consequences.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.