Big Rumor: Danny Boyle May Return to Direct 28 Months Later
Whoa wait, what the heck? Dread Central is reporting a big scoop from an apparently reliable source saying that Danny Boyle will be returning to direct the still forthcoming 28 Weeks Later sequel. We're calling it 28 Months Later because that's the logical next step in the 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later franchise, so I don't know what else they would call it anyway, but Dread says it's "as of yet untitled." They don't offer any details, but do say Boyle is "planning to return to direct." Really? I don't know, I just don't believe this. And we found a separate update that also seems to indicate that the project is still pretty much dead in the water.
The last we wrote about the 28 Months Later sequel was last year in regards to Fox Atomic shutting down, without much info. Our last update before that, sometime in late '08, involved an unknown director named Paul Andrew Williams being hired for the gig. But we obviously haven't heard a single word about it since. And apparently there's a big reason why. WorstPreviews spoke with screenwriter Alex Garland recently and asked him about 28 Months Later: "I'll answer that completely honestly. When we made 28 Days Later, the rights were frozen between a group of people who are no longer talking to each other. And so, the film is never going to happen unless those people start talking to each other again. There is no script as far as I'm aware." That was from last week, so how is it that Boyle worked everything out in only a few weeks time?
Based on the information we have, I'm going to say that I don't believe this at all. And speaking with Boyle (watch our interview) a month or so ago, it definitely sounds like he's looking at moving on to bigger, better things following Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, rather than returning to an older franchise that really doesn't have any fire behind it anyway. There's a chance this could be true, which is why we're reporting it as a rumor, but for now take this with a giant grain of salt. I'm a fan of this "zombie" franchise, I enjoyed both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, but I don't really need to see another sequel. What about you guys?