UPDATE: Could Danny Boyle Return For The Third 28 Days Movie After All?
UPDATE: While the prospect of Danny Boyle returning to the series sounds fantastic, it seems as though it might be a bit hasty to make the claim. According to Alex Garland, who was recently interviewed by Worst Previews, a third film might not even be possible due to rights issues.
"When we made 28 Days Later, the rights were frozen between a group of people who are no longer talking to each other. And so, the film is never going to happen unless those people start talking to each other again. There is no script as far as I’m aware."
If someone out there is a fan of 28 Days Later and particularly adept and resolving conflicts between former partners, you now have a mission.
When Danny Boyle directed the post-apocalyptic zombie movie 28 Days Later in 2002, he was a well-regarded but not necessarily A-list director, coming off the flop The Beach and still never having matched the buzzy success of Trainspotting. The decade that followed changed pretty much everything for Boyle, though, as he become the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire and the huge success he'd deserved to be 15 years earlier.
So with another sequel to 28 Days Later still in the works, does it make any sense at all for Boyle to return to the franchise? Not really. But he has talked as recently as late 2008 about making the third film in the series, and now Dread Central is reporting that Boyle is "planning to return to direct the as-of-yet untitled third film in the franchise." They don't offer any more detail, and there's no telling how reputable their source is, but hey, if you were looking for news on this, there it is.
I'm skeptical about all this not only because Boyle is such an in-demand director now, but because he's famous for never sticking to one genre for too long. It's hard to imagine him returning to zombies at all, much less as part of the same franchise. But you know, he's kept us guessing this long. Making the third 28 Days movie might be exactly the kind of surprise he wants to spring on us.
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