M3GAN, an AI child minder played by Amie Donald (above), is the lead character in a horror movie of the same name. Screenwriter Akela Cooper talks about creating the character and making her different from previous on-screen killer dolls Chucky and Annabelle. Photo: Universal Pictures
M3GAN, an AI child minder played by Amie Donald (above), is the lead character in a horror movie of the same name. Screenwriter Akela Cooper talks about creating the character and making her different from previous on-screen killer dolls Chucky and Annabelle. Photo: Universal Pictures

‘How is she going to kill people?’: M3GAN screenwriter on creating a new horror icon, and why she’s not a doll like Chucky and Annabelle

  • M3GAN, a horror movie about a murderous AI doll, has proved a surprise hit at the box office and spawned TikTok videos emulating her creepy dance routine
  • Screenwriter Akela Cooper talks about making the character different from existing villains and why the original script was ‘way gorier’ than the PG-13 release

M3GAN, an AI child minder played by Amie Donald (above), is the lead character in a horror movie of the same name. Screenwriter Akela Cooper talks about creating the character and making her different from previous on-screen killer dolls Chucky and Annabelle. Photo: Universal Pictures
M3GAN, an AI child minder played by Amie Donald (above), is the lead character in a horror movie of the same name. Screenwriter Akela Cooper talks about creating the character and making her different from previous on-screen killer dolls Chucky and Annabelle. Photo: Universal Pictures
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