Franchises return, franchises go away and franchises start a new in today’s Sequel Bits.

  • James Cameron might add Chinese Na’vi to Avatar 2.
  • The said to be soon-retired Jackie Chan might make Police Story 2013.
  • A major party scene in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will film in Atlanta.
  • Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan share a bed in the first still from Scary Movie 5.
  • Paramount is hoping Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher will start its own franchise, and mark the beginning of a franchise focus at the studio.
  • Producer Avi Lerner keep mentioning names he wants for The Expendables 3: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, the return of Mickey Rourke etc.
  • A sequel to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, 28 Months Later, no longer looks likely.

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The biggest rumor of the week (so far) is that Danny Boyle wants to direct the third chapter in the zombie/thriller series that he began with 28 Days Later. The best part was that the rumor, such as it was, reportedly came from the director himself. He seemed to turn a couple years of flirtation with the project into real plans by saying he definitely wants to direct 28 Months Later, or whatever the film might eventually be called.

Now, during a Q&A that followed a screening of his latest film, 127 Hours, Mr. Boyle says he could well direct 28 Months Later, but his schedule means it won’t happen soon. Read More »

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There’s been little movement on the 28 Days Later franchise front of late, but with Danny Boyle‘s most recent film, 127 Hours, completed and nearing release, that could soon change. From what Boyle has said in the past, we know that 28 Months Later isn’t the official title for the film, its planned setting is Russia (not France like one might’ve inferred from the ending of 28 Weeks Later), and Boyle feels strongly enough about the idea he’s come up with for the film that he has considered directing it.

As hopeful as many of us were that Boyle would return, the odds of it actually happening appeared rather slim. Even while he was discussing potentially directing the film, there were simultaneous discussions of it being handed off to another director (as was done with the second film). If this latest update is to be believed though, Boyle is no longer considering directing the film; he is directing it. Read More »

Last month, we reported that Paul Andrew Williams had been mentioned as a possibility to direct 28 Months Later, the sequel to the Fresnadillo-helmed 28 Weeks Later, which was the second part in the 28 saga. Now comes word from scifi.com [via AICN] that Danny Boyle, the director of 28 Days Later and of the upcoming Slumdog Millionaire (my favorite film of the year so far) might be interested in directing 28 Months. At a group interview in Beverly Hills, CA, Boyle explained that he already had an idea for the third movie:

I’ve got an idea for it, so I can’t really tell you any more than that at the moment, but hopefully that might happen.

Although scripting on the third film has not yet begun, Boyle said he would potentially be interested in directing the film:

I’d certainly like to…I feel the idea is quite a strong idea, and it could well involve directing it. Yeah, absolutely.

As the title of this post might indicate, work on the film is so preliminary that it’s all pretty much rumor at this point. Nonetheless, I’m heartened by the thought of him returning to the series. What Boyle’s current idea for the third film is will have to remain a mystery, along with why apocalyptic events in this universe only seem to occur in intervals of 28.

When we spoke to director Danny Boyle last month in Toronto, he seemed optimistic about the possibility of another sequel to 28 Days Later. But at the same time I got the feeling that not much had progressed since I last talked to him during the press tour for Sunshine. It was last year in San Francisco when Boyle revealed to /Film that he had an idea for 28 Months Later, and that it would be set in Russia.

Arrow in the Head is reporting a rumor coming out of the Sitges Film Festival, that Paul Andrew Williams, the UK-based director of The Cottage, has signed on to helm the third film. Unfortunately, this has not yet been confirmed. I’m not really sure how I feel about a third film without Boyle at the helm. I was one of the vocal few who hated 28 Weeks Later, but I’m sure the idea of global zombie films will always sound appealing to me, at least in the conceptual phase.

Discuss: Are you excited about a 28 Months Later or has the second zombie film boom run its course?

Interview: Sunshine Director Danny Boyle

Danny BoyleOn Monday July 16th I had the chance to sit down with Trainspotting/28 Days Later director Danny Boyle about his new film Sunshine.

Fifty years from now, the sun is dying and a solar winter has enveloped the earth.  Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women.  They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star.  But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel.  Soon the crew is fighting not only for their sanity, but their lives.

Boyle is everything you would expect – courteous, excited, intelligent, reserved yet frank and uncensored. You can listen to our entire round table interview with Danny Boyle below. We have provided chapter points after the jump.

Danny Boyle on the Influences of Sunshine:

There are three huge, titanic, space movies which if you ever make a film like this you cannot avoid. You may want to avoid them but you cannot. I’ve never known a genre like it where you are dictated to by these films, 2001, Alien, and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Believe me, they hover over you the whole time and sometimes you just have to tip you hat to them — reference them in some way. They are there and you’re judged against them, not just on whether the film ultimately works as a film but technically. The way you depict space has been dictated by those three films and you have to get to that level. And I had no idea how intimidating that level was, when I set out to make it.

There are a lot of space movies that don’t get to that level, because they don’t have enough money or time, or people weren’t willing to make that effort. The effort involve in depicting this place is staggering. There were other influences as well like Das Boot, and Wages of Fear. There are lots of films you use as a kind of help to you but those three in particular.

Apocalypse Now is my favorite film and it’s known as The Heart of Darkness film because it’s loosely based on the Joseph Conrad book. And we always said that our starting point for this film was a “Journey into the Heart of Lightness.” There are certain rhythmical similarities. It’s a journey and at the end of the journey is a fantastic, a madman who’s seen the light in his own way. Structurally you could compare it to Apocalypse Now which has a similar shade to it’s journey as far as shape is concerned.


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Danny BoyleThis weekend MTV broke the news that Sunshine director Danny Boyle had an idea to direct a 28 Weeks Later sequel. Today I was lucky to sit-down with Boyle to talk about his new film Sunshine and to hopefully extract some new details about 28 Months Later.

“I’ve got an idea for it. I didn’t think I would have, because I didn’t want to do the second one. I did do some second unit shooting for them one weekend, just to get myself out of the cutting room. It’s been so long doing this film [Sunshine],” said Boyle. “And I really enjoyed it, doing something trashy like Zombies killing people. That’s basically what I shot all weekend and I was like ‘WOW, this is great! You just come in and kill him! That’s what we’re going to shoot today’ [laughs]“

He wouldn’t give us any new details so we pushed slightly and were able to get this juicy tidbit: The movie will not take place in France!

“It’s to do with Russia actually. It’s to do with that part of the world. NOT FRANCE. The second film hints that it gets to France eventually, and wipes out the French. But this third idea is actually more to do with Russia, but that’s actually all I can say,” said Boyle. “I don’t know whether it will happen.”

Boyle scouted locations in Star City, Russia for the Sunshine interiors but found that the technology was too outdated.  Fox Atomic has supposedly dropped all horror films from the slate, which leads me to believe that a third 28 Days Later film would probably find a home at Fox Searchlight. Look for our full interview with Boyle later this week. And be sure to check out his new movie Sunshine which hits theaters on Friday July 20th 2007.

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