There's a Serious Chance '28 Days Later' Could Still Get Another Sequel

There's a Serious Chance '28 Days Later' Could Still Get Another Sequel

Jan 14, 2015

It's been nearly eight years since 28 Weeks Later came out. Nobody talks about that sequel nearly as often as they do the original film, which is a shame because it's actually pretty dang great and one of the best zombie movies of the 2000s. It's also understandable, however, because the original 28 Days Later was such an important and influential film that obviously people are going to name-drop it before anything that came after.

But maybe now more people will start to think about 28 Weeks Later again, as producer Alex Garland has revealed that he and director Danny Boyle haven't forgotten about the franchise they created. In fact, they're actively talking about making a new one.

Garland's busy promoting his directorial debut, Ex Machina (which hits U.K. theaters on January 21, but won't make its U.S. premiere until SXSW in March), and that's when he said the following to 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. It’s more likely to be 28 Months than 28 Years. 28 Years gives you one more place to go. 28 Decades is probably taking the piss.”

Now, the "reasons why it's complicated" are almost certainly not story issues. It's probably due simply to rights negotiations, which can always get messy when you have a movie that was made by one set of people and then released by a handful of different companies all over the world. But if Boyle and Garland and Macdonald have a script idea that excites them enough, we can only hope they'll be motivated enough to make sure the production can actually take place.

And if you need a refresher on where 28 Weeks Later left off, [spoiler alert] it was with the reveal that the Rage virus had leapt across the English Channel and was running rampant in France. It wouldn't be a stretch to imagine that the virus could have spread all over the entire globe in 28 months after that. So it may turn out that the next movie is more WWZ than it is the small, confined stories in the first two movies. But, honestly, we're okay with that as long as the original creative trio behind it are still involved.

 

 

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