We’ve been waiting for years for a third 28 Days Later movie in the British zombie/rage virus franchise that helped resurrect the horror sub-genre in Hollywood. The original was penned by Alex Garland (Dredd, Ex Machina, Annihilation) and directed by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle.
While promoting his musical Yesterday, Boyle revealed to TheIndependent that Garland and himself still have a solid idea for the third movie. However, admits that Alex is busy in his current career as a director.
BOYLE: “Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part,” he said. “It’s properly good.”
“The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn’t reference any of that. It doesn’t feel stale at all. He’s concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it’s stood in abeyance really, but it’s a you-never-know.”
I think the best situation would be if we saw Alex Garland write and direct this hypothetical third installment.
The original film saw a group of well-meaning animal rights activists trying free chimps that are being experimented on leading to them accidentally unleashing the Rage Virus in England after one of the members is bit my a chimp turning them into a killing machine and infecting everyone else with the virus.
In the sequel, they were able to fight back the virus and are now trying to repopulate the United Kingdom with the help of the American military. Things go south quickly and the Rage Virus makes a comeback and the ending of the film left a window open for mainland Europe being overrun as well, as the Rage Virus has made it’s way to Paris, France.
It’s hard to ignore that 28 Days Later had a direct influence on the recent Planet of The Apes movies as well (both came from Fox), as the Simian Flu seemingly is a version of the Rage Virus taking the place of a nuclear holocaust.
There had been chatter and development on a third movie since the release of the sequel 28 Weeks Later going back to 2007. That film starred some pre-MCU actors such as Idris Elba and Jeremy Renner. I think it’s just more talk from Boyle, but with Garland still seemingly interested it could end up getting made since he has a lot of critical praise for his feature films and people really like his work.
I’m hopeful as a fan of the movies, but I think it all comes down to Alex Garland finding the time to do it. The two movies were released by Fox and Garland currently has a relationship them via his FX series Devs airing soon.
If Disney is looking to mine the franchises at Fox, this might be one worth exploring given how hot horror is at the moment and you don’t need to reboot it.
SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT