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SOULM8TE to Expand the M3GAN Universe in 2026

Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are developing SOULM8TE, an original film that expands the M3GAN universe with a new technological twist. The film is scheduled for a January 2, 2026, release.

Kate Dolan (You Are Not My Mother) will direct the film. Dolan rewrote an original draft written by Rafael Jordan (Salvage Marines), with the story by James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Jordan.

SOULM8TE to Expand the M3GAN Universe in 2026

In this erotic thriller, a man acquires an Artificially Intelligent android to cope with the loss of his recently deceased wife. In an attempt to create a truly sentient partner, he inadvertently turns a harmless lovebot into a deadly soulmate.

The film is in the tradition of the ’90s domestic thrillers but with a modern, technological twist.

(from left) M3GAN, Gemma (Allison Williams) and Cady (Violet McGraw) in M3GAN, directed by Gerard Johnstone.

SOULM8TE is part of the universe that includes M3GAN, which has grossed over $181 million at the global box office, and M3GAN 2.0, which is set to open on June 27, 2025. Allison Williams and Violet McGraw will return for the sequel.

James Wan and Jason Blum will produce SOULM8TE. Michael Clear and Judson Scott of Wan’s Atomic Monster banner will executive produce, along with Ingrid Bisu. Alayna Glasthal is the executive overseeing the project for Atomic Monster.

(from left) M3GAN and Cady (Violet McGraw) in M3GAN, directed by Gerard Johnstone.

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

“SOULM8TE is a thrilling and seductive addition to the M3GAN universe. We’re excited to partner with Kate to bring this story to life with her unique cinematic vision and point of view,” said Wan.

(from left) Cady (Violet McGraw), M3GAN and Gemma (Allison Williams) in M3GAN, directed by Gerard Johnstone.

Kate Dolan is represented by Independent Talent Group, Exile Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner Auerbach Hynick Jaime LeVine Sample & Klein.

Rafael Jordan is represented by Mike Sword of Broadcasting Diplomacy. James Wan is represented by CAA, Stacey Testro International, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.