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Atomic Monster, Blumhouse Expand ‘M3GAN’ Universe with ‘SOULM8TE’

Kate Dolan is set to direct the erotic thriller, which follows a man who inadvertently turns a harmless lovebot into a deadly soulmate; the franchise installment arrives January 2, 2026.

Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are developing SOULM8TE, an original film that expands the M3GAN universe with a new technological twist.

Director Kate Dolan (You Are Not My Mother) wrote the current script, adapted from an original draft by Rafael Jordan (Salvage Marines), with a story by James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Jordan. 

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.

"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 part of the universe established by M3GAN, which has grossed over $181M in 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. 

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.

Wan and Jason Blum produce, while Michael Clear and Judson Scott of Atomic Monster executive produce.

SOULM8TE hits theaters January 2, 2026.

Source: Blumhouse

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