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28 Days Later creators reunite to develop trilogy of sequel films, starting with 28 Years Later

Great zombie movies never go out of style

28 Days Later screenshot featuring Cillian Murphy
Image credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

2002 horror movie 28 Days Later and its sequel, 2007's 28 Weeks Later, are generally considered to be two of the best zombie films of all time. Their “rage zombies” are fast and terrifying while the prospect of the disease passing through any sort of contact – not just a bite – makes any sort of contact that much more deadly. The films have stood alone for nearly two decades but the original creators are reuniting to continue the series with 28 Years Later.

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, who served as director and writer for the original 2002 movie, have reunited to expand on a world in the grips of a zombie outbreak. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, their latest project is 28 Years Later, the first of a trilogy of films set almost three decades after the rage virus swept through the UK and eventually spread to continental Europe. Boyle is attached to direct the first movie while Garland is onboard to write all three, which would have a budget of $75 million each.

The original 28 Days Later was a surprise box office success back in 2002, making $84 million on an $8 million budget. It also helped revitalize the zombie movie genre and was one of the first movies to feature Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy. 28 Weeks Later, which showed the UK in the grips of a police state as the nation struggled to maintain order, was less influential but still very successful, something that the pair of Boyle and Garland will be trying to spin in their favor as they shop the potential sequels to network executives in the coming weeks.

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