The One Scene That Made M3GAN A Horror Icon Wasn’t In The Original Script

“M3GAN” has been in the works with James Wan and Jason Blum for nearly five years, with Wan tapping “Malignant” and “Hell Fest” screenwriter Akela Cooper to pen the script, and Gerard Johnstone of “Housebound” fame to direct. Originally, “M3GAN” was written as an R-rated A.I. slasher comedy with much more gore, but was edited to snag a PG-13 rating, in order to reach¬†as wide of an audience range as possible. There was plenty of fun to be found in the script, but there was no dance scene. The moment came at the suggestion of Johnstone, who wanted to include the dance as the next step in the natural evolution of the character as she learns more about the world around her.

Fortunately, no one objected to the idea of M3GAN slaying before the slashing. During /Film’s interview with Johnstone, he said that, “Strangely, I think everyone was on board from the get-go.” The dance had stayed under the radar for a long time, but there was never a concern that it wouldn’t happen. “I think everyone just thought it was a really fun, exciting, new idea, and by then, they were already having so much fun with her character that it just felt like the natural next place to take it,” said Johnstone.

In an age of TikTok dance trends, M3GAN was arriving at the perfect time. Fans were immediately hypnotized by her moves, and she rightfully went viral. “Here’s the thing. You can’t really force something to go viral,” James Wan told SYFY Wire. “When something latches on to the zeitgeist, it just does.” He’s right. The dance sequence in “M3GAN” wasn’t included in the hopes that she’d suddenly go viral; it was, as Johnstone suspected it would be, the “natural” next step.

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