28 Months Later is one of the most anticipated sequels in the horror genre since the first movie, 28 Days Later, turned 20.
Danny Boyle’s 2002 film helped revive interest in the zombie film genre in the 2000s.
It also helped Cillian Murphy break into mainstream stardom.
Two decades later, Boyle and Murphy confirmed they were ready to make 28 Months Later a reality.
In a recent NME piece, the director and actor said they were ready for the long-awaited sequel.
28 Months Later is written by Alex Garland, who has completed a screenplay.
In the first film, Cillian Murphy played a bicycle messenger who wakes up from a coma in a deserted London.
He later discovers that the world is overrun by the infected victims of the “Rage Virus.”
Although Murphy’s character 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 and Idris Elba.
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In the two decades since its release, Danny Boyle, Cillian Murphy, and Alex Garland have been asked about a potential sequel.
Talking with NME, they revealed that they indeed bring it up every so often.
“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, Danny Boyle confirmed that Garland had written 28 Months Later years ago, suggesting that the core of the film had a “good idea.”
“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.”
Regarding the likelihood of the project, Boyle shared an optimistic view, saying:
“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.”