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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 »

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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.

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.

Movie Review: 28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later is a perfect example of what I like to call the “Blair Witch Project Effect.” That is when a low budget indie film is given a big budget glossy Hollywood sequel, and the resulting film lacks all the magic of the original. One of the things that made 28 Days Later so great was the shots of deserted London. It felt creepy and real, or maybe it felt creepy because it felt real. And don’t get me wrong, 28 Weeks Later has some incredible shots of the deserted city, which is much more expansive than the first film. They had the money and resources to make it happen. And may-be it’s because it looks almost too good, too glossy, that it just isn’t believable.
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28 Weeks Later International Movie Poster

International 28 Weeks Later Movie Poster28 Weeks Later has a new international poster. Fox Atomic decided to go the bloody route with this one-sheet. I’m guessing that MPAA has no jurisdiction over foreign film posters, because I don’t think this would fly in the States. Click on the poster for a better view. Thanks to IMPAwards for the heads up.

Official Synopsis: 28 WEEKS LATER, the follow-up to the terrifically successful 28 Days Later, picks up six months after the rage virus has annihilated the British Isles. The army declares that the war against infection has been won, and that the reconstruction of the country can begin. As the first wave of refugees return, 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. Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Catherine McCormack ,Jeremy Renner, Idris Elba, and Harold Perrineau lead a talented cast which also includes newcomers Mackintosh Muggleton and Imogen Poots. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto) directs, while Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, the minds behind the first film, executive produce.

28 Weeks Later hits theaters on Friday, May 11th 2007.

28 Weeks Later Movie Trailer in HD

28 Weeks Later

The movie trailer for 28 Weeks Later premiered before The Hills Have Eyes 2 this past weekend, but apparently no one bought tickets. Fox Atomic has now put the trailer online for all to enjoy.
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28 Weeks Later Movie Poster Revealed

28weekslaterposterlong.jpgFox Atomic has released the teaser poster for 28 Weeks Later. The new poster, pictured to the left, looks like a government issued flyer posting. It’s a pretty unique idea, I just hope the Fox guys don’t have guerilla marketers hang these up around US cities (one must learn from the stupidity that was the Cartoon Network Boston Terror scare). Click on the image for a higher resolution version.

The film starts six months after the Rage virus has spread throughout the city of London. The United States Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection, wreaking havoc on the entire population.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later hits theaters on May 11th 2007.

New 28 Weeks Later Teaser Trailer

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Fox Atomic has a quick rough cut footage preview of 28 Weeks Later. The full length trailer will premiere in theaters with The Hills Have Eyes 2 on March 23rd 2007.

I actually enjoyed the first film a lot despite the horrible mid point turn. But the sequel seems to lack the low budget charm of the original. Anyone else agree?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s 28 Weeks Later hits theaters on May 11th 2007.

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