“M3GAN” is getting a sequel, slated for release in 2025. It grossed $95 million worldwide in just over two weeks after its release and was made for $12 million. It shows the power of a potential merger between its production companies, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster. Something is loading.
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Production studios Blumhouse and Atomic Monster announced on Wednesday that they have launched a sequel to their hit horror film, about an AI-powered doll that torments all humans it says will harm his owner.
The sequel, titled “M3GAN 2.0”, is set to be released on January 17, 2025. Stars Allison Williams and Violet McGraw are set to return.
“M3GAN” has been a box office success since its debut on January 6, earning $95 million at the global box office so far, including $60 million in the United States.
It was made for just $12 million, according to IMDb Pro.
Blumhouse and Atomic Monster — two major horror movie studios led by Jason Blum and James Wan respectively — are in talks to merge, The New York Times first reported in November.
“James is probably 70-80% artist and 30-20% businessman, and I’m the other way around,” Blum told The Times. “We really complement each other, yin and yang, which is part of what makes this so exciting.”
“M3GAN,” which the two studios have joined forces on, presents a glimpse of the power of the potential merger.
Wan directed and/or produced the “Conjuring” franchise, and Blumhouse specializes in low-cost, high-grossing horror hits, such as “Get Out” and the 2018 reboot of “Halloween.”
Blumhouse has a first deal with Universal, which distributed “M3GAN” to theaters. NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell was giddy at the prospect of the Blumhouse-Atomic Monster merger during a conference last month.
“If that were to happen, we would be in an absolutely impregnable position,” Shell said.