Director Danny Boyle has delivered some excellent films, among them include Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine, 127 Hours and the 2002 film 28 Days Later which starred Brendan Gleeson, Naomie Harris and Cillian Murphy.
28 Days Later came from a modest budget and quickly following release built up a level of popularity that made it a considerable box office success not to mention a critical success as well. The film received an award for Best Horror Film from the US Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films amongst other accolades.
As you’d expect with such success a sequel came in the following years with 28 Weeks Later being released in 2007. This time with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo The sequel starred Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne and Jeremy Renner. With a larger budget this time the film widened up it’s scope but didn’t achieve the same financial success as the original, though it was still generally well received by critics and fans alike.
In the years since 28 Weeks Later, there has been speculation and rumour on the possibility of a third film, including comments from Danny Boyle himself. Alex Garland the writer behind 28 Days Later and executive producer on 28 Weeks Later has been reported to give an update on the possibility of a third film while promoting his newest project about to hit screens (he wrote the screenplay for the Karl Urban starring Dredd film) as follows;
I’m still so proud of 28 Days Later and how well it’s been received over the years so I appreciate that. But in regards to another movie, no- there are no plans for a 28 Months Later or whatever they were calling it.
Sounds pretty definitive, and given Garland’s involvement with the previous two films it’s unlikely a third film would start building any momentum without his knowledge. Until there are any new discussins/rumours regarding another film in the franchise, it sounds like fans will have to be content with the two films they have for the foreseeable future.