DNA Films and Fox Atomic, the new youth division of Fox Filmed Entertainment, announced that principal photography has begun in London on 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to the 2003 international smash hit 28 Days Later. The film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto) and produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and Enrique Lopez-Lavigne. 28 Weeks Later is written by Fresnadillo, Lopez-Lavigne, Rowan Joffe and Jesus Olmo; and Danny Boyle and Alex Garland will executive produce. The cast will be led by Robert Carlyle (Full Monty, Trainspotting); Rose Byrne (Sunshine, Troy); Jeremy Renner (The Assassination of Jesse James, Dahmer); Harold Perrineau (Lost, Enter the Matrix); Catherine McCormack (Braveheart, Spy Game); Imogen Poots (V For Vendetta) and Idris Elba (The Wire). Joining the cast is newcomer, twelve-year-old Mackintosh Muggleton making his feature film debut. "DNA Films is very excited to be working with Juan Carlos and Enrique who we believe will make an original and extremely scary film," says producer Andrew Macdonald.
Six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles, the US Army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. In the first wave of returning refugees, a family is reunited -- but one of them unwittingly carries a terrible secret. The virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo first earned a following with Spanish audiences when he was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for his black-and-white comedy short film Esposados, which went on to win 40 national and international awards. In 2002, Fresnadillo won Spain's prestigious Goya Award for Best New Director for Intacto, a Sogecine production starring Max Von Sydow and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
"I am thrilled to be working on my first English language film alongside such an exciting international cast and talented production team. London provides me with all the elements to make an extreme horror film," says director Fresnadillo.
28 Weeks Later will be shot by Director of Photography Enrique Chediak (Down in the Valley). Production designer Mark Tildesley (Constant Gardener), costume designer Jane Petrie (The Lives of the Saints), make up designer Konnie Daniel (Enduring Love), and editor Masahiro Hirakubo (Trainspotting) will be joining Fresnadillo's creative team.