’28 Years Later’: Danny Boyle And Alex Garland Are Getting Serious About A New ’28 Days Later’ Sequel

There has been so much talk of Danny Boyle and Alex Garland returning for a new film in the 28 Days Later series that it’s tough to take seriously. The 2002 movie was critically acclaimed and helped launch a revival of the zombie genre, but the 2007 sequel, 28 Weeks Later, was less well-received. Boyle has long been gung-ho for doing another, and has openly praised a screenplay idea that Garland came up with. But now in a new Inverse interview, the two are sounding more serious than ever about a new film titled 28 Years Later.

“I resisted it for a long time because there were things about ‘28 Weeks’ that bugged me. I just thought, ‘Fuck that. I’d rather try to write a different story in a different world,’” explained Garland. “But a few years ago an idea materialized in my head for what would be really ‘28 Years Later.’ Danny always liked the idea.”

Boyle added, “So we’re talking about it quite seriously, quite diligently. If he doesn’t want to direct it himself I’ll be well up for it, if we can execute a similarly good idea.”

If done a couple of years ago, the film would probably be dealing with a post-pandemic world or something like that. Hopefully, Garland and Boyle are smart enough to come up with something a lot more interesting than that. We’ll see if this ever gets off the ground, and maybe they can bring Cillian Murphy back, too.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.