NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Director Danny Boyle visits Build to discuss the movie "Yesterday" at Build Studio on June 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Danny Boyle Knew 28 Days Later Was Something Special Without Finishing The Script
Released in 2003, "28 Days Later" maintains its relevance today in the wake of the pandemic. In an interview with NME, director Danny Boyle reflected on the film and what made Alex Garland’s script so special that he didn’t even finish it before he agreed to take it on.
"I instantly knew the film was something very special," he shared. "I remember reading the first ten pages [...], thinking 'This is brilliant.'" Part of the brilliance was in the visually stunning concept of a completely deserted London, creating a scene that still dazzles to this day.
“It's actually come to haunt us [since COVID].” Boyle reminisced. “We complain how overcrowded [cities] are and about the stress, and then in an instant, life as we know it in many, many different forms can empty them."
With a limited budget and resources, Boyle and his team had to come up with a different approach to capturing the haunting visual images from Garland's script. As Boyle shared in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, they landed on the idea of stillness.