M3GAN, the horror film about a killer doll, has been a surprise hit at the box office. The film has blown past last week's predictions, coming in at second place at the domestic box office. The success of the film has led to speculation about the possibility of an unrated gorier cut being released in the future.
According to screenwriter Akela Cooper, the film originally had a much "gorier" tone and featured the killer doll committing more murders than what was shown in the final cut. Cooper stated that while the film's final body count wasn't a "scale massacre," the killer doll "did kill a bunch more people, including a couple of characters" that producer James Wan wanted to see survive the AI companion's rampage.
Cooper also revealed that Universal Pictures originally wanted to wait for a gory horror movie to become a box office hit before greenlighting M3GAN. However, the film's more "fun" horror elements were kept intact, leading the charge for a new generation of original and bloody horror films.
"I'm happy that I could have a hand in bringing back fun horror that doesn’t take itself so seriously," Cooper said. "I'm reading about more horror movies that are wild, out-there ideas coming out or being bought. And some of them are original, which is good!"
As a result of M3GAN's success, an unrated gorier cut of the film may be released in the future.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cooper said, "No shade to Universal, love them, and I understand that once the trailer went viral, teenagers got involved and you want them to be able to see it. There should be an unrated version at some point.
I heard it is on the books." In addition to the potential for an unrated version, an M3GAN sequel is apparently currently in the early stages of creation. Deadline claims that the sequel may feature a fresh version of the deadly doll. What route the sequel will go in is still unknown.