Fox Atomic Shutting Down; Good News for 28 Months Later?
The latest studio to shut down is Fox Atomic, the teenager-focused division of 20th Century Fox that started in January of 2007. Their past filmography, or shall we say failures, includes Turistas, The Hills Have Eyes II, 28 Weeks Later, The Comebacks, and 12 Rounds. Variety first reported that Fox Atomic was likely to shut down today, then Nikki Finke later confirmed that they're definitely kicking the bucket. As sad as it is to see any company go under, I say good riddance, as Fox Atomic was one of those subsidiaries that was setup to create nothing but crap, although I'm sure they'll claim that it was targeted entertainment.
Fox Atomic's chief Debbie Liebling will return to 20th Century Fox as EVP of production and work underneath co-presidents of production Emma Watts and Alex Young. Their two upcoming releases, I Love You, Beth Cooper and Jennifer's Body, will be released by Fox proper, while Post Grad will be released by Fox Searchlight. The studio had a lot of other genre projects in the works, including Jonathan Levine's The Sitter, an adaptation of the Blacklight video game, and Jason Reitman's Pierre Pierre. No word yet on what will happen to any of these particular productions, since they were only in the early development stages.
Also hidden within the Variety update was a brief mention of 28 Months Later, the next sequel in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later series that has caused quite a bit of discussion previously. They state that the aforementioned Debbie Liebling is still developing the sequel, and that it will "presumably" move to Fox proper. Considering the sequel has only ever been rumored, Brendon Connelly of SlashFilm is claiming that this is a sign that it might be more than just a rumor at this point. For those who are fans, it may actually be good news that Fox Atomic is shutting down, because it might mean we'll get to see 28 Months Later.