28 Days Later was released in 2002 – directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. The plot centered around Jim (Cillian Murphy), who awoke from a coma following an accident and stumbled into a post-apocalyptic world, destroyed by an aggression-inducing virus. The follow-up 28 Weeks Later came out in 2007, and it seems we will get a new sequel and possibly a new trilogy, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
28 Days Later Sequel: Danny Boyle and Alex Garland to Bring Us New Sequel
28 Days Later to Return
It has been over two decades since the unhinged zombie epidemic 28 Days Later was unleashed, and it now appears a new sequel is closer than ever. The report mentions that Boyle and Garland will reunite for the new film, shopping it to studios, streamers, and others later this week. Boyle and Garland were involved in the sequel 28 Weeks Later, but only as executive producers, with the duo hoping to create a new trilogy.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms Boyle will direct the first instalment, with Garland down to write all three. The budget for each movie is said to be in the $75 million range, with original producer Andrew Macdonald also returning.
Success of Original Film
Rumors regarding a sequel have been constant over the last two decades, with 28 Months Later and 28 Years Later being possible working titles.
The original movie proved a success with Jim meeting another survivor, played by Naomi Harris, and the unhinged Army major, played by Christopher Eccleston. It helped revive a horror genre that has since given us World War Z, Zombieland, The Walking Dead, and Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which all follow in the shadows of 28 Days Later. The movie also helped continue an upward trajectory for the career of Boyle, who went on to direct Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours.
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