According to director Danny Boyle, another sequel to the zombie movie 28 Days Later is currently in the works. While promoting his new movie Yesterday, Boyle confirmed the news of 28 Days Later 3 personally, saying he's teaming back up with original writer Alex Garland for the third installment. As of now, the confirmation of the sequel's development is all Boyle is giving us to go on. There's no word yet on a possible title, release date, or cast of characters, but hopefully we'll find out more information soon now that the undead cat is out of the bag.
The original 28 Days Later was first released in the United Kingdom in 2002. In this particular zombie story, the virus is unleashed when a group of animal activists release infected monkeys from captivity. Just under a month afterward, a bicycle courier named Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakens from a coma in a London hospital to find the streets deserted. He learns quickly enough about the outbreak when he begins encountering vicious zombies, though the soldiers he meets later may prove to be even more dastardly than the infected humans yearning for a taste of his flesh. Ultimately, 28 Days Later grossed $85 million against a budget of $8 million, and is considered to be one of the best zombie movies of all time.
28 Weeks Later would follow in 2007, this time from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and writers Fresnadillo, Rowan Joffe, E.L. Lavigne, and Jesus Olmo. A who's who of familiar faces from Hollywood appear in the official sequel, including Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, and Idris Elba. The sequel reveals that the infection has been successfully quarantined in Europe, though another outbreak occurs in the safe zone when two children seek their infected mother. While not quite as popular as the original, Weeks was also a hit at the box office, earning $65 million with a budget of $15 million.
The original 28 Days Later played a vital role in helping to finally bring zombies into the great heights it has since reached in pop culture. It directly influenced Robert Kirkman's comic book series The Walking Dead, which went on to become the most-watched series on television for many years. It also came before the other most notable zombie movies of the new millennium as well, including Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead and the zom-coms Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland. Speaking of zombie movie sequels, Zombieland is soon getting its own official followup movie a decade past its release with Zombieland 2: Double Tap premiering in theaters this October.
We can imagine this third movie from Danny Boyle might be called 28 Months Later or even 28 Years Later if it sticks to the same title format of its predecessors. If so, this might also give us a certain timeline of when the next sequel may be taking place. In any case, with a new Zombieland hitting theaters soon and The Walking Dead still remaining popular, it's not a bad time at all to make another 28 Days Later sequel. This information comes to us from Independent.co.uk.