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M3GAN Director Reveals How the Doll's Viral Dance Came to Be

M3GAN Director Reveals How the Doll's Viral Dance Came to Be

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The trend has been sweeping TikTok since the trailer's release.

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M3GANhas been making waves in the world of horror already, but the doll’s dance going viral is one of the more incredible, stranger things that has happened surrounding the movie — and the people behind it are dishing on how it came to be.

The film gives a modern AI update to the genre of killer dolls, centering around a roboticist (Allison Williams) who gives her 8-year-old niece (Violet McGraw) a M3GAN prototype to disastrous consequences.

While the movie itself has already received positive buzz ahead of its January release, the trailer caught the public’s attention with a creepy dance done by M3GAN in one scene with no real explanation.

People on social media ran with it, emulating the dance themselves to various songs — or silence.

@kausha_campbell

hi, i’m M3GAN. your new best friend. 🔪 FAKE KNIFE ⚠️ #m3gan #m3gandance #m3gancostume @meetm3gan

“How about a #M3GAN dance choreographed to Taylor Swift with 8 M3GANs?”

As it turns out, the dance’s inclusion in the movie was sort of a last minute burst of inspiration from the film’s director, Gerard Johnstone.

“It was one of those crazy, sleep-deprived, 3am thoughts,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Wouldn’t it kind of be funny if the soundtrack suddenly became real and M3GAN ended up busting a move to whatever music was playing. It was just something that everyone embraced and loved.”

Well we certainly won’t be forgetting the look of it any time soon, and neither will TikTok.

M3GAN, written by Akela Cooper and produced by James Wan and Jason Blum, hits theaters January 6, 2023.

What is M3GAN about?

M3GAN is about a roboticist who gains custody of her 8-year-old niece and gifts her the M3GAN prototype, a doll programmed with artificial intelligence and designed to be a child's companion -- only the doll becomes far too protective of the girl, leading to disastrous consequences.

What is M3GAN rated?

M3GAN is rated PG-13.

When does M3GAN come out?

M3GAN will be released in theaters January 6, 2023.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.