Sony have won the rights to make and distribute the long talked about third film in the horror franchise. For a long time the project was known as 28 Months Later but with enough time now passed, producers will go ahead with the project 28 Years Later.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter Sony have won a bidding war that included Warner Bros. A second film has reportedly been greenlit as well and it will have a part two. There are rumours it may even become a trilogy. Danny Boyle will return to write alongside long term collaborator Alex Garland and Boyle will direct the 1st film which is reported to have a $60million budget. Part two’s director is to be confirmed at a later date. Cillian Murphy is onboard as a producer and is believed to be in talks about an acting appearance. 28 Days Later was Murphy’s breakout role in 2002.
Over 20 years ago Boyle directed 28 Days Later a post-apocalyptic horror film. The story follows Jim (Cillian Murphy), a bicycle courier who wakes up from a coma to find London deserted and overrun by a highly contagious virus that turns people into violent, rage-filled zombies. As Jim navigates the desolate city, he joins with a group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and Frank (Brendan Gleeson). Together, they struggle to survive and search for sanctuary while facing not only the infected but also the dark side of human nature. The 2002 film grossed $82.7 million globally and spawned a sequel, 2007’s 28 Weeks later.
Boyle and Garland shopped the project around various Hollywood studios and streamers. With the original franchise creators back on board, there was huge interest and excitement and they received multiple bids with Sony winning the rights.
No potential plot details are known but the end of the last film 28 Weeks Later shows the infected had escaped the UK. They’re seen running out of tunnels into Paris, France. So it’s quite possible we could see a world-wide pandemic.
We will keep you up to date with any further 28 Years Later developments.