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’28 Years Later’: Danny Boyle and Alex Garland to return for third zombie film

It's hoped that a third film will kick off a new trilogy of zombie movies.

By Nick Reilly

Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are reportedly developing a second sequel to 28 Days Later, titled 28 Years Later.

According to The Hollywood Reporter28 Years Later will see Boyle return as director and Garland on screenplay duties, having taken up the same roles for 2002’s 28 Days Later.

The film was followed by a well received sequel, 2007’s 28 Weeks Later, but Boyle and Garland only produced it – with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo on directing duties.

Now, it is said that 28 Years Later will act as the touch-paper for a whole new trilogy, with Boyle directing the first of three films and Garland writing all three. According to initial reports, each film has been assigned a budget of $75million.

It is yet to be revealed if the film – which is being pitched to potential buyers this week – will see the return of Cillian Murphy as central character Jim.

Boyle’s 2002 film is considered to be a turning point for the modern reinvention of zombie films, defined by the aggressive zombies who were able to run – a characterisation not previously seen in genre films up until that point.

Murphy is yet to respond to the latest news directly, but previously told The Independent he would star in any future project in “a heartbeat”.

“I would be there in a flash. I made two movies with both of those guys, and I would love to work with them again. Of course, I’m there,” he said.