Writer/Director Alex Garland, coming off the success of “Ex Machina,” is not a major fan of sequels. Yet one of his earliest writing efforts, Danny Boyle’s acclaimed zombie drama “28 Days Later,” may be getting another one it would seem.
Garland was not involved in the first sequel “28 Weeks Later” and had no interest in a third for several years. However, he now tells The Playlist that a third film is moving forward with producer Andrew McDonald and it came about due to a random idea:
“The rights to ’28 Days’ were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don’t know.
[Then] about two years ago, Danny [Boyle] started collaborating on the potential to make ‘Trainspotting 2,’ another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for ’28 Months’ arrived. I had a funny idea. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.
It’s pretty simple [of a concept]. Don’t you think those are, in a way, better? Because there is no momentum now, and you’ve had an organic, real spark about where I can take this. And it just popped into your head, kind of thing. Rather than, ‘Okay, I’m going to make a sequel’.”
Garland did not divulge details on what this original concept he came up with is. Considering his strong track record for scripts including “Ex Machina,” “Dredd,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go” and the video game “Enslaved: Odyssey to the West,” it should hopefully not disappoint.