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28 Years Later Is Finally Happening

The highly anticipated sequel to Danny Boyle's smash hit films 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later looks to finally have some life in it. It may have taken 17 years folks, but 28 Years Later is finally happening!

28 Days Later

After kick-starting the revival of zombie films in the early 2000s director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland are returning to finish off the 28 Days trilogy...or perhaps even start a trilogy of sequels. As reported by THR, Boyle and Garland are looking for potential buyers later this week, but their pitch isn't "a simple modern sequel instalment".

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, the director and writer of the 2002 movie, are reuniting for 28 Years Later, a new zombie thriller that is expected to hit studios, streamers and other potential buyers later this week, according to multiple sources. WME, which reps Boyle and Garland, will take out the package and handle the sale. The package isn’t just a simple modern sequel installment; the movie already had a follow-up with 28 Weeks Later, released in 2007. The duo were only involved with as executive producers on that film. Now, the hope is to launch a new trilogy.

Boyle is on board to direct the first film with Garland writing the scripts for all three; each with a budget of around $75 million. Both would also produce alongside Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice (the former head of Fox Searchlight Pictures, the division of onetime studio Twentieth Century Fox that originally backed the British-made movie and its sequel).

28 Weeks Later

Nothing has been said yet in regards to story or if we can expect to see any familiar faces from the previous two films. 28 Days Later leading man Cilian Murphy has expressed interest in returning to reprise his role a few times. He revealed in an interview with The Independent in July '23 that he was “talking about it quite seriously, quite diligently” with Garland, adding that, if Garland didn’t want to direct the film, he himself would “be well up for it”.

More recently The Independent revealed the news to the actor himself whilst on a press tour for Christopher Nolan's biopic Oppenheimer. He was yet to hear about the film – but he was enthused by the idea.

“That’s great to hear! I didn’t know that – I would be there in a flash. I made two movies with both of those guys, and I would love to work with them again. Of course, I’m there.”
28 years Later poster by Diamond Dead

Fan-made poster by Diamond Dead (@diamonddead)


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