Danny Boyle's zombie threequel, 28 Months Later, is one step closer to actually happening

It's been 15 years since 28 Weeks Later premiered but it appears that the brains behind the seminal pair of movies from the 2000s still wants to give a threequel a go.

After a long wait, fans will be happy to hear that there is still hope for a sequel to the post-apocalyptic zombie film, 28 Weeks Later, 15 years later. New reports have emerged suggesting that Danny Boyle, the director of the original cult classic film 28 Days Later, feels that now is the best time to fully commit to a sequel.

28 Months Later could fit right in with the recurring Hollywood theme of soft reboots these days.

Danny Boyle and scriptwriter Alex Garland made their mark on a dying horror genre that lacked direction and inspiration 20 years ago with the release of 28 Days Later. Quickly garnering critical acclaim and a cult following among audiences, 28 Weeks Later, a sequel to the first film, was produced 5 years later, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo replacing Danny Boyle as the director. Despite receiving positive reviews from both audiences and critics, the sequel didn't perform as well as the original, a fact that seemed to put the brakes on any plans for a third installment.

Back in June 2007, the producing company Fox Atomic asserted that they would consider making a third installment if DVD sales performed well. Later the same year, in July, Danny Boyle hinted that there was an idea for how the story would progress if a sequel was given the green light, saying: "There is an idea for the next one, something which would move the story on. I've got to think about it, whether it's right or not."

However, Alex Garland's comments three years later illuminated why a sequel was highly unlikely, stating that: "I'll answer that completely honestly. When we made 28 Days Later, the rights were frozen between a group of people who are no longer talking to each other. And so, the film is never going to happen unless those people start talking to each other again. There is no script as far as I'm aware."

It'll be interesting to see how 28 Months Later will pick up from the events of a film that premiered more than a decade ago.

With all signs indicating that 28 Months Later was not going to happen, 2015 saw all this change after Garland remarked in an interview with IGN: "We've just started talking about it seriously. We've got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility. It's complicated. There's a whole bunch of reasons why it's complicated, which are boring so I won't go into, but there's a possibility," and then added that: "It's more likely to be 28 Months than 28 Years. 28 months gives you one more place to go."

The cherry on top has come from Boyle's recent interview with NME magazine this year, where he established that Alex Garland has already written a script for 28 Months Later, saying: "I'd be very tempted [to direct it]. It feels like a very good time actually. It's funny, I hadn't thought about it until you just said it, and I remembered 'Bang, this script!' which is again set in England, very much about England. Anyway, we'll see ... who knows?" Danny Boyle and Alex Garland could not pick a better time than now to reward their loyal fans with the much-anticipated sequel, when reboots and sequels are all the rage.

With the right approach, this could be the film that surpasses all the rest at the box office.

Caleb Sama

Film critic with filmstagram page, devoted enthusiast of film, anime, TV shows, and high fantasy literature. Discovered as a young boy that the world existed in as many realities as we could possibly envision, and we are only limited by our own imagination. Just to name a few, his favorite works of art are; One Piece, Attack on Titan, Arcane: League of Legends, The Expanse, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. To quote Alfredo: "Whatever you end up doing, love it." Link up with Caleb on Steam.
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