James Wan compares his new horror movie to The Terminator

Writer/producer James Wan perfectly describes his new M3GAN movie as “Annabelle meets Terminator.”

Written by Vic Medina | published

It was one of the most talked about trailers of the year: preview M3GANthe new scary movie from writer/producer James Wan (sawAnd the SorceryAnd the Aquaman) and horror studio Blumhouse. Featuring baby-like androids going on a killing spree, the film is garnering positive buzz that outstrips some of cinema’s biggest upcoming blockbusters. In a new interview with Empire Magazine (and reported by Movieweb), Wan absolutely rates the movie as “Annabel Meets position or terminatorHe also discussed what makes the trailer so upsetting to the millions who watched it.

He said, “I’m fascinated by things that are supposed to be innocent, but become more…insidious.” Akeelah Cooper (who wrote the screenplay) and Wan (who wrote the story) teamed up to create the concept, with Cooper citing inspiration from the 1978 horror film Anthony Hopkins. Charm, about a deadly ventriloquist dummy. Mix the indestructibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator, and some risqué dance moves, Wan seems to have the formula for a foolproof hit.

reaction on M3GAN The trailer was instant and viral. Producer Jason Blum went as M3gan for Halloween, and his personal dance clip has already become a TikTok meme and trend. Universal is said to be already developing a sequel based on the buzz, giving James Wan another horror franchise to build on.

Having started in horror through writing and producing saw and its sequels, Wan has moved on to make his mark on other Blumhouse franchises, incl insidiousAnd the SorceryAnd the Annabel. Then he moved on to directing more blockbusters angry 7And the Aquamanand its complement, Aquaman and the Lost KingdomIt is scheduled to be released in theaters next year.

scene from M3GAN

Now, James Wan is back in awe. Written, produced and directed in 2021 malignant, a completely insane horror movie with a very big twist, I wouldn’t dare spoil it for you. It is also in the midst of development disabled mananother ’80s horror flick, as well as a sequel to another of his hits, The nun 2.

Now it looks like James Wan is ready to move on with building his horror movie empire, as he’s in talks with Jason Blum to merge his production company, Atomic Monster, with Blum’s production company Blumhouse to build a new studio that will have a market in beleaguered horror hits.

The film stars Allison Williams (Get out) as Gemma, a robotic scientist who creates a doll designed to be a child’s best friend, thanks to artificial intelligence. After her niece Cady (Violet McGraw) is orphaned, Gemma gives her a prototype M3GAN as a companion to help her adjust. M3GAN is designed to communicate with its child owner, but the doll takes its programming very seriously, and a killer streak ensues.

The film stars Ronnie Ching, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jane Van Eps, Laurie Dungy, Stephane Jarneau-Montaigne, and Geena Davis. It opens in theaters on January 6, 2023 and is rated PG-13, but if James Wan’s films have taught us anything, it’s that a PG-13 rating can deliver R-rated scares and thrills.

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