James Wan has been in the horror game for years, but it was the collaborative effort of 2010 insidious and 2013 The incantation this was a great boon to his career. The financial success of these films turned them both into constancy franchises and allowed Wan to direct non-horror crowd pleasers angry 7 and recently Aquaman. But even if he’s not a horror director, he still has a foot in the genre, like next week M3GAN will testify.
With so many franchises under Wan’s belt, you’d be right to think so M3GAN could be the start of another series. (Not a bad time to launch a horror franchise based on a killer toy!) But in a recent interview with the Hollywood reporter, the filmmaker said he is “superstitious” and is currently solely focused on this first film. “I don’t like to talk about sequels before the first movie is even out,” he said. “But like all the films I make, I always have a bigger world in mind. […] So if we’re fortunate enough to have other stories to tell, we can draw from the larger world.”
M3GAN comes from a story he made with Akela Cooper, his co-co partnerlab technician to 2021 Malignant. From their recent team-upsWan called Cooper “brave” and a writer of similar talent because he’s “not afraid to just go out there and lean into the absurd and make it work. […] She can take an idea that’s really unconventional and give it a human touch.” That was the mission statement for M3GAN, he added, and it looks like the two will be collaborating for quite a while since Cooper wrote next year’s sequel The nun (developed from a story written by the couple) and can get tagged in for a potential Malignant Follow-up across the board.
Wan produces through his Atomic Monster label M3GAN with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and it seems the partnership could lead to one merger between the two, where they continue to exist as separate labels. When asked about it by the Hollywood Reporter, Blum admitted “advanced talks” were in the works, and while he hopes it will happen, nothing has been inked pretty much still. However, if it goes through, it could lead to a Blumhouse 2020 sequel invisible man reboot. Blum was hopeful that Wan could get that off the ground, and the latter added that he would be “more than happy” to get that off the ground.
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