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28 Months Later is a highly anticipated sequel to the horror genre since the first film, 28 Days Later, recently turned 20.
Danny Boyle’s 2002 film helped revive public interest in the zombie genre in the early 2000s.
It also paved the way for Cillian Murphy to break into mainstream stardom.
Two decades later, Boyle and Murphy confirmed they are ready to bring 28 Months Later to the screens.
In a recent NME article, the director and actor said they’re ready to return for the long-awaited sequel.
28 Months Later is written by Alex Garland, who has already completed a script.
In the first film, Cillian Murphy played a bicycle messenger who wakes up from a coma in an empty London.
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He later finds that the world is overrun by the infected carriers of the “Rage Virus.”
Although Murphy’s character narrowly survives, he does not appear in the sequel 28 Weeks Later.
28 Weeks Later was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
The cast includes names like:
- Robert Carlyle
- Jeremy Renner
- Imogen Poots
- Rose Byrne
- Idris Elba
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In the two decades since its release, Danny Boyle, Cillian Murphy and Alex Garland have been consistently questioned about a possible sequel.
In the piece with NME, they revealed that they actually raise the possibility of a sequel every now and then.
“Every time I do bump into Danny or Alex, I always mention,” Murphy revealed.
“Because I showed it to my kids recently, some Halloween about four or five years ago, and they loved it.”
“It really stands up, which is amazing for a film that’s 20 years old. So yeah, I love the idea, and it’s very appealing to me.”
Meanwhile, director Danny Boyle confirmed that Garland had written 28 Months Later a while back.
He hinted that the core of the film had a “good idea.”
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“I’d be very tempted [to direct it]. It feels like a very good time actually,” Boyled admitted.
“It’s funny, I hadn’t thought about it until you [NME] just said it and I remembered, ‘Bang, this script!’ which is again set in England, very much about England.”
When asked about how likely the film would happen, Danny Boyle was optimistic and said:
“It might come back into focus because one of the things that’s happening in the business at the moment is, it has to be a big reason for you to go to the cinema, because are less and less reasons.”
“It’s hard for companies distributing films and for cinema chains to show films,” he added.
“They’re struggling to get people into the cinema unless it’s something like ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ or a Marvel.”
“But a third part would get people in, if it was half-decent.”
‘28 Months Later’: Danny Boyle, Cillian Murphy eager to reunite for zombie sequel