As anyone knows, it’s notoriously hard to remove zombies from society once they’ve taken hold. That holds true in the movie industry as well. Once a zombie film is a hit, bring on the sequels! So why is there no 28 Months Later, after 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later? The fans of the first two films certainly want a third.
It began with 28 Days Later, the 2002 British horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious “rage” virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew. It begins with some stunning scenes of a deserted London.
Next came 28 Weeks Later. 2007. Danny Boyle wasn’t on board for this one, it was a British/Spanish financed film, directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The budget was bigger and it starred Robert Carlyle. Who once he gets the Rage becomes a sort of Zombie “Begbie” from Trainspotting.
The film ends with a voice calling for help heard from the radio in the abandoned helicopter that has taken some disease-free survivors to France. A group of Infected are seen running through a tunnel which, as they emerge into the open, is revealed to be the exit of the Paris Metro Trocadero station with a view of the nearby Eiffel Tower. The implication is clearly that the plague has spread from Britain to the continent- and a sequel is in the offing! :
Boyle in recent months has said that he’s got a lot of projects on his plate at the moment, including the 2012 Olympics, but he would consider directing a third film. What’s the latest? Pretty much the same thing, however, he seems to be making some time to think about it.
“There is a good idea for it, and once I’ve got Frankenstein [his new project] open, I’ll begin to think about it a bit more.”
So it seems that there may be a 28 trilogy. But given the time it takes to get these projects off the ground, get the cast, the sets, and the scripts all ready, I wouldn’t hold breath. It could be a full 28 months before you see 28 Months Later at the cinemas!
ps. Don’t be fooled by the trailer on the ‘net for 28 Months Later it’s a fake, made by stitching togather bits of other contagion/zombie films!