The virus has not been contained! Ex Machina director Alex Garland has confirmed plans to move ahead with a second sequel to Danny Boyle’s 2003 “zombie” smash hit, 28 Days Later.
Speaking with The Playlist, Garland admitted that the whole idea came together randomly: “The rights to ’28 Days’ were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and FOX. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. FOX may or may not have, I don’t know.
“[Then] about two years ago, Danny [Boyle] started collaborating on the potential to make Trainspotting 2, another sequel,” Garland explained. “In that conversation, an idea for 28 Months arrived. I had a funny idea. 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.
Garlanded added, “It’s pretty simple [of a concept]. 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’.”
Although Garland wrote the original film’s screenplay which Boyle directed, the two only served as executive producers for the 2007 sequel, 28 Weeks Later, which was helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
It’s unclear what path Garland and McDonald might take with 28 Months Later. The last film ended with hints that the elusive rage virus had spread to Paris, so whether we see a Parisian take on the franchise remains to be seen.
In the meantime, revisit our recent Q&A with Garland in which he discusses the technology behind his current directorial debut alongside star Oscar Isaac.