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 [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?