Did 28 Months Later Already Find its Director?
No sooner had I mentioned 28 Days (and Weeks) Later that I came across news about the upcoming third installment in the series, presumably titled 28 Months Later. The director or the original, Danny Boyle, has talked of another sequel since last year, but recently a rumor surfaced on Arrow in the Head saying that perhaps a director has been chosen - one Paul Andrew Williams, who most probably don't know. If you recall, Boyle directed 28 Days Later, but turned the helm over to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo for the sequel, 28 Weeks Later, since Boyle was kept busy with one of my sci-fi faves, Sunshine. I'm not sure if securing an outside director this time around is similarly related to scheduling or something else.
That being said, I'm only half-interested. I recently re-watched 28 Days Later and continue to simply love the film, despite what zombie legend George Romero may say about the undead's mobility. The sequel, on the other hand, was ridiculously overloaded and gratuitous, even though the central storyline was pretty intriguing. 28 Weeks Later felt like it traded uber-violence and blood for plot, something many horror films are guilty of. So how does this bode for 28 Months Later? At the closing of Weeks, there's a scene of zombies running out onto a landscape with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. We know that the new film won't exactly follow the previous' storyline as Boyle said last year it will be set in Russia. "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."
So that's a glimpse at the prospective plot, but what can we expect of the quality? Boyle will probably still be heavily involved as a producer, but Williams' will obviously have the final say over the end result. All told, unless it's Boyle at the helm as in the original, I can't say I'm overly excited for a third installment. Is there anybody who is? And if you know of Paul Andrew Williams' stuff, is this a good fit for him?