Twenty-two years after 28 Days Later, director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland are reteaming with plans for a second sequel titled 28 Years Later.
28 Years Later to Kick Off New Trilogy
As exclusively revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the duo is due to shop the project around studios and streamers this week and the hope is to create a brand new trilogy of films rather than follow on from 28 Weeks Later, which they had little involvement with.
Boyle and Garland have long wished to continue the series, pitching a sequel that was titled 28 Months Later at one point. The pair have discussed it multiple times over the years and Boyle once said he had a ”properly good” idea for a sequel.
Boyle is attached to direct the first installment. Garland is down to write all three. The budget for each movie would be around $75 million
The duo would also produce, alongside original producer Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice, the former head of Fox Searchlight Pictures, the division of the now defunct Twentieth Century Fox that backed the British-made movie and its sequel. in the 2000s.
28 Days Later was an important horror film that helped steer away from the traditional idea of zombies in film and features rage-induced infected who can run at speed running riot in desolate Britain. It was a surprise success for Danny Boyle, and catapulted him, Garland, and star Cillian Murphy into a new level of stardom.
In 28 Days Later, Murphy starred as Jim, a London bicycle courier who awakes from a coma to discover a contagious virus caused the collapse of society. The ensemble features Naomie Harrie, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, Noah Huntley, Stuart McQuarrie, and Brendan Gleeson.
Last year, Murphy said he’d love to do a 28 Days Later sequel. Murphy joked that the film would have to be called 28 Years Later because of the long gap between films.