Fans of 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later rejoice, it sounds like the third and final film is finally moving forward!
It was back in January that 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, Ex Machina) confirmed that an idea for 28 Months Later was being discussed. He revealed that director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald and himself were discussing a third and final film in the awesome zombie series, and now it sounds like an idea has been figured out.
Garland told Indiewire in an interview that not only has he come up with an idea for the third film, but that it is currently being written:
“The rights to ‘28 Days’ were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox,” Garland said. “After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don’t know.”
Firstly Garland went on to explain why he wasn’t a fan of sequels:
“Sequels are generally done in a rush. It’s done with a sense of urgency,” he explained. “The first movie, you spend a long time developing to get it over the line. The second thing, you don’t. Your expectations are different and your motivations are different.”
He then discussed how the idea for 28 Months Later came about:
“About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make ‘Trainspotting 2,’ another sequel,” he explained. “In that conversation, an idea for ’28 Months’ arrived. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.”
He continued to confirm 28 Months Later is being developed:
“Yeah. It’s pretty simple,” he said of the idea. “Don’t you think those are, in a way, better? Because there is no momentum now, and you’ve had an organic, real spark about where I can take this. And it just popped into your head, kind of thing. Rather than, ‘Okay, I’m going to make a sequel.’ “
Garland would not give any further details in terms of plot or who would be directing, but the fact a third film IS being written is very exciting.