What is the M3GAN 2 release date? With January release dates being the graveyard shift of cinema, it’s safe to say that nobody really expected M3GAN, a horror film about a murderous AI companion doll, to do as well as it did.
But thanks to the magic of social media memes and the doll’s new-found status as a LGBTQ+ icon, the slasher movie surpassed all expectations. The film, which had a $12 million budget, amasased $30 million in its opening weekend alone, making the quirky Blumhouse Productions flick one of the most exciting new movies of 2023.
Given how the thriller movie has proven itself as a money-making machine with huge franchise potential, a M3GAN sequel feels, in a lot of ways, inevitable. The good news is, director Gerard Johnston has already revealed that he’s more than down to direct a sequel — saying to Variety, “How can I not be?”. The M3GAN ending even provides scope for how a sequel could happen, so with all that in mind, we’re looking forward to a potential M3GAN 2 release date…
M3GAN 2 release date speculation
The M3GAN 2 release date is January 17, 2025, this was announced in January 2023, mere weeks after the first movie opened. It looks like Jason Blum and James Wan will be banking on having another January hit on their hands.
Things were already looking optimistic, with the New York Times reporting that a sequel was in the works given the first film’s success, while insiders told Deadline that a sequel had been “fast-tracked.”
Although work on M3GAN started back in 2o18, the timeline between shooting and the film coming to the big screen only took eighteen months. Writer Akela Cooper is back for the sequel, so she’ll need to get those typing fingers into action quickly. The director has not yet been confirmed, so it may not be Gerard Johnstone who directed the first.
M3GAN 2 plot speculation
Although M3GAN appears to have been ripped in half and has her central processing chip destroyed at the climax of the horror movie, the very last scene hints that M3GAN’s programming, at least, is still active. Gemma’s smart home system suddenly springs to life suspiciously, which implies that, although her body is destroyed, her ‘soul’ still exists and is still capable of causing havoc.
The first film already establishes that M3GAN can interfere with nearby devices —and since she appears to be inhabiting Gemma’s home devices, she and Cady may well continue to be her targets in the next film. If this happens, it’ll probably be one of two scenarios: either M3GAN is still committed to “protecting” Cady by any means possible, or she wants revenge on her and Gemma for trying to support her.
The original cast is set to return, so it looks like M3GAN will probably be bent on revenge. It’s therefore, unlikely that they’ll want to take the story in a different direction, with M3GAN’s obsessive instinct and penchant for Sia lullabies transferring to another (un)lucky kid.
M3GAN 2 cast speculation
Of course, a second M3GAN movie can’t happen without, you know, M3GAN. It would be hard to imagine the sequel without Jenna Davis, who voices the character.
12-year-old Amie Donald plays the character itself, but depending on how long a sequel would take, it seems possible that they might have to hire an actor of the same age to continue the role.
This is because given the look is already so iconic, it’s hard to imagine M3GAN’s appearance significantly changing. In turn, it’s hard to picture an adult playing her unless they remained the height of a 12-year-old.
Returning cast members so far have been confirmed:
- Allison Williams
- Violet McGraw
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