The hotly anticipated sequel to 28 Weeks Later is reportedly in the works, according to writer-director Alex Garland.
The original movie in the franchise 28 Days Later was based on a screenplay by Garland, but he wasn’t involved with the sequel.
The third instalment has been rumoured and discussed for several years and, now, Garland says the movie is finally in the early stages of development.
In an interview with the Playlist, Garland discussed the genesis of the idea behind the ‘threequel’.
The rights to ‘28 Days’ were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny (Boyle), (producer) Andrew (McDonald), myself, and Fox. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don’t know.
About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make Trainspotting 2, another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for ’28 Months’ arrived. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.
So, although Garland won’t we penning the script, it does sound like the wheels are in motion for ‘rage’ infected zombies to run onto the big screen one more time.