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Everything we know about 28 years later

Everything we know about 28 years later

Director Danny Boyle will reunite with screenwriter Alex Garland and actor Cillian Murphy for the 3D zombie thriller 28 Years Later, a film that could kick off an entirely new trilogy.

The original film, 28 Days Later, written by Garland and directed by Boyle, was released in 2002 and helped launch its star Murphy into the major leagues. A surprisingly good sequel, 28 Weeks Later, was released five years later in 2007, but Murphy did not return and Boyle was only present as a producer.

Instead, Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo took the helm with Boyle's Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle in the lead role. All things considered, it was a good horror sequel, but since its release, fans have been clamoring for a direct follow-up from the original creators behind 28 Days Later.

Jump forward to 2024 and it looks like their patience has finally paid off, with Oppenheimer's new Murphy set to once again visit zombie-torn Britain for another rage-fueled outing. With that in mind, here's everything we know after 28 years.

Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later

Murphy broke into the mainstream with his role in the film 28 Days Later. (Fox Scout)

28 Years Later does not have a release date yet. With news of Part 2 emerging recently, we still have some time to wait for any information about when it might be released.

Originally, the follow-up was titled 28 months later, continuing the film's timeline title idea. However, with so much time having passed since our last return to this world in 2007, Boyle, Garland and Murphy thought the title 28 Years Later would be more appropriate.

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The trio's new film is said to come with a “part two” although Boyle is currently only attached to direct the first part of the film. In April 2024, Candyman and The Marvel director Nia DaCosta was rumored to be eyeing the task of directing the second part of Boyle's new trilogy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jodie Comer and Ralph FiennesAaron Taylor-Johnson, Jodie Comer and Ralph Fiennes

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jodie Comer, and Ralph Fiennes are scheduled to star in 28 Years Later. (Getty/FilmMagic)

Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes are set to star in Boyle's 28 Years Later, with Murphy returning behind the camera as executive producer.

Although it would be a surprise if he didn't return as Jim, the bike courier-turned-zombie survivor he played in Boyle's first film, that news hasn't been made official yet.

Oppenheimer's star threw some positive fuel on the fire of speculation in February 2024, telling Variety that he “would love to be involved,” though he admitted that the original “28 Days Later” film was a personal favorite.

“I can't give away much more than that at this point. But I've always said I'd love to be involved because this movie changed everything for me and I have great affection for it and for these guys Alex.” [Garland] And Danny [Boyle]He said.

Cillian Murphy attends the 76th Directors Guild of America AwardsCillian Murphy attends the 76th Directors Guild of America Awards

Cillian Murphy will serve as producer of 28 Years Later. (Axel/Power-Griffin/MovieMagic)

“I never watch my movies, except for this one. It always comes out around Halloween and during the pandemic people were constantly sending me clips. I've shown that to my kids. And it's really held up, even though she's almost 23 now. So I'm thrilled Because we're going to get the band back together to make this band.”

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We already know that there are plans for 28 Years Later to kick off a new trilogy, with Marvel's director DeCosta lined up to helm the middle part which is set to be filmed alongside the first. Maybe we'll see Jim return later in the overall story? Only time will tell.

With pre-production underway, we'll likely get more news soon – so watch this space.

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“28 Days Later” was released in 2002. (Alamy)

There is no trailer for 28 Years Later. However, when we get our first look at the sequel, it will be interesting to see how the creative minds behind this disturbing story have upped the ante on the world of flesh-eating.

Boyle's original film – complete with its stark, down-to-earth dystopian tone – proved so successful that it gave the entire zombie genre a new lease of life, bringing it back from the dead once again. This led to more zombie adventures on both big and small screens, perhaps most notably with AMC bringing us the endlessly massive The Walking Dead movie.

Robert Carlyle, 28 Weeks Later, 2007Robert Carlyle, 28 Weeks Later, 2007

Robert Carlyle starred in the 2007 sequel 28 Weeks Later. (scientific)

The plot of 28 Years Later has yet to be released, with Boyle, Garland, and Murphy keeping details of the long-awaited zombie encounter a secret for now.

Despite this lack of information, it's probably safe to assume that their story will transport us back to a world ravaged by a zombie outbreak and struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. As is usually the case with these types of sequels, any resolution to the flesh-eating problems is short-lived, as chaos soon returns with terrifying consequences.

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Boyle's original film brought us into a world where anti-animal abuse protesters accidentally unleash a new virus on the world while trying to free some lab animals. This highly contagious, fast-spreading virus sends anyone it infects into a blind, murderous rage, and it doesn't take long for it to spread across the United Kingdom, destroying everything and everyone in its path.

One of the few people oblivious to this devastation is Jim, played by Murphy, who wakes up after months in a coma to discover a completely different world, one divided into two factions – the survivors and the infected.

After 28 weeks, I caught up with the community when they finally got the situation under control and were able to force some sort of return to normalcy. However, the frenzied crowds of the dead soon took control again.


Soon after 28 years.