'M3GAN' Universe to Expand With Erotic Thriller Spin-Off 'SOULM8TE'
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A new chapter is coming to the 'M3GAN' universe with 'SOULM8TE', an erotic thriller spin-off in the works from Atomic Monster and Blumhouse with Kate Dolan on board as director.

AceShowbiz - Atomic Monster and Blumhouse, the production companies behind the hit horror film "M3GAN", are actively developing "SOULM8TE", a thriller that expands the "M3GAN" universe. The film is slated for a January 2, 2026 release via Universal Pictures, echoing the release date of the original "M3GAN", which premiered in January 2023 and grossed over $181 million worldwide.

Kate Dolan, director of "You Are Not My Mother", will helm the project. Dolan also rewrote the script, which was originally written by Rafael Jordan ("Salvage Marines"). The story is credited to James Wan, Ingrid Bisu and Jordan.

Described as an erotic thriller, "SOULM8TE" follows a man who acquires an Artificially Intelligent android to cope with the loss of his deceased wife. In an attempt to create a truly sentient partner, he inadvertently turns a harmless lovebot into a deadly soulmate. The project aims to capture the essence of 1990s domestic thrillers with a modern technological twist.

"Fundamentally, I view this film as an exploration of relationships and loneliness," Dolan said. "Despite technological advances, there are enduring human truths we cannot escape, and I am looking forward to delving into those depths."

Michael Clear and Judson Scott of Atomic Monster will executive produce alongside Ingrid Bisu. Alayna Glasthal oversees the project for Atomic Monster.

" 'SOULM8TE' is a thrilling and seductive addition to the 'M3GAN' universe," Wan stated.

The growing "M3GAN" universe also includes "M3GAN 2.0", a sequel to the original film, which is set to open on June 27, 2025, starring Allison Williams and Violet McGraw.

"SOULM8TE" January 2, 2026 release date further expands the rapidly growing cinematic universe, positioning the "M3GAN" franchise as a major force in the horror genre.

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