28 Days Later: Danny Boyle confirms there’s a story for a third movie


Danny Boyle confirmed he and Alex Garland have a story for a third 28 Days Later movie. But will we ever get to see the zombie madness?

Good things come to those who wait, or so they say. In the world of cinema, waiting too much can backfire and viewers can end up losing all interest. But there are stories like 28 Days Later that no matter how long they keep us waiting, we will still welcome another movie.

28 Days Later came to our lives in 2002, injecting more life to the zombie sub-genre (something that some viewers deeply regret nowadays, with the seemingly never-ending zombie trend). Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland, it follows Jim (Cillian Murphy), a London biker who wakes up from a coma, 28 days after a highly contagious virus was released and finds that most people are either dead or infected, with only a few still fighting to survive.

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Although we got a sequel in 2007 titled 28 Weeks Later, it didn’t have either Boyle or Garland back as director and writer — I’m not saying that made a difference between these two, but 28 Days Later stands as the favourite. Now, what if we got a third movie with Boyle and Garland back in charge? Good news is, it can happen.

Speaking to The Independent (via Lad Bible), Danny Boyle revealed he and Alex Garland have “a wonderful idea for the third part” and that it’s “properly good”. While that doesn’t exactly mean that the movie is “in the works” or happening at all, it’s definitely a possibility. Boyle added:

"“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 concentration on directing his own work at the moment, so it’s stood in abeyance, really. But it’s a you-never-know”"

We know Danny Boyle can do pretty much anything, and Alex Garland has been masterfully making his way through the sci-fi genre with Ex Machina and Annihilation. Can you imagine what they could bring for a third 28 Days Later movie? Times change, and so do they. It’s only a matter of waiting and hoping that they will find the time (and everything else) to make it a reality.

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Until then, the question is: will it be 28 Months Later or 28 Years Later? Both could work, let’s be honest.