Danny Boyle and Alex Garland Are Making a '28 Days Later' Sequel

The forthcoming '28 Years Later' could usher in a new horror trilogy

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jan 11, 2024

Just over two decades on from the release of 28 Days Later, it's been announced that director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland will team up for a new sequel to the British post-apocalyptic horror.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Boyle and Garland's 28 Years Later is "expected to hit studios, streamers and other potential buyers later this week," with potential for the reunion project to launch a trilogy of films, each with a budget "in the $75 million range."

THR's report notes that while Boyle is attached to direct the first film, Garland would write all three trilogy entries. The duo would also team with original 28 Days Later producer Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice, who previously backed the original film and its 2007 sequel while studio head of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Boyle and Garland had previously hinted at the possibility of making 28 Years Later in 2019, with the former sharing with Inverse last year how he "resisted [making a sequel] for a long time because there were things about 28 Weeks that bugged me."

Released in 2002, 28 Days Later stars Cillian Murphy as a bicycle courier who emerges from a coma to find that English society has collapsed due to contagion. Last summer, the Oppenheimer star expressed interest in reprising his role for a potential 28 Years Later, sharing, "I'm up for it. I'd love to do it. If Alex [Garland] thinks there's a script in it and Danny wants to do it, I'd love to do it." Murphy's involvement in 28 Years Later and subsequent films has yet to be confirmed.

28 Days Later was followed by 2007 sequel film 28 Weeks Later, as well as a graphic novel titled 28 Days Later: The Aftermath that same year. Events between sequel films were explored in a comic book series titled 28 Days Later, published between 2009 and 2011.

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