The final shot in “M3GAN” basically revealed M3GAN had uploaded her consciousness to Gemma’s smart house prior to the demise of her robot body. Will “M3GAN 2.0” put a sci-fi twist on the haunted house sub-genre by weaponizing Gemma and Cady’s own home against them? What about that open-ended subplot involving Kurt (RIP), the assistant to Gemma’s boss David (also RIP), leaking company secrets? Could one of Funki’s competitors try to manufacture their own line of M3GANs, only for the O.G. M3GAN to seize control of them through the internet — thus supplying her with a pre-made army of clones? (Thinks “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but with M3GAN instead of James Spader.)
Whatever ideas James Wan and company are actually considering for the sequel (I’m just saying, James, if you want to steal one of mine, I won’t complain), Jason Blum assured Empire they’ve no intention of rushing the script:
“We’ve got to write a script. I mean, you’ve gotta give us a little bit of time. (Laughs) The creative process suffers when you [rush]. You pretend you’re not making compromises, but you always do. So I wanted to give us enough time to make the movie great, and we have that now. And we have the whole team coming back, we’re not having to hire a writer or director — all those people are in place.”
Beneath its campy horror exterior, “M3GAN” has a genuinely thoughtful message about the dangers of people using technology to skip over the long, messy process of grieving and healing from traumatic events. As such, it’s comforting to know the team behind the next chapter is really taking their time to produce a creatively satisfying sequel. We shall see what they’ve come up with when “M3GAN 2.0” goes online January 17, 2025.