Danny Boyle reveals 28 Months Later script has been completed and he is ‘very tempted’ to direct it 

‘It feels like a good time’: Filmmaker Danny Boyle reveals 28 Months Later script has been completed and he is ‘very tempted’ to direct it

Danny Boyle has revealed a script has been written for the highly-anticipated 28 Months Later and he would be happy to direct it.

The filmmaker, 66, delighted horror fans with 28 Days Later which followed the character of Jim (Cillian Murphy) as he wakes up from a coma to a deserted Britain that has been devastated by a zombie virus.

Speaking to NME for the film’s 20th anniversary, Danny told how screenwriter Alex Garland has finished a script for the third film, with the director hopeful it will come to fruition.

Franchise: Danny Boyle has revealed a script has been written for the highly-anticipated 28 Months Later and he would be happy to direct it

Franchise: Danny Boyle has revealed a script has been written for the highly-anticipated 28 Months Later and he would be happy to direct it

He said: ‘I’d be very tempted [to direct it]. It feels like a very good time actually.

‘It’s funny, I hadn’t thought about it until you just said it, and I remembered, “Bang, this script!” which is again set in England, very much about England. Anyway, we’ll see… who knows?’ 

The original film, released in 2002, was followed by 28 Weeks Later in 2007 which followed a US-led NATO military force attempting to create a safe zone in London.

Danny told how it’s become harder to get a theatrical release for films due to the popularity of streaming, which has put him off making another movie.

Sequel: The filmmaker, 66, (pictured) delighted horror fans with 28 Days Later which followed the character of Jim (Cillian Murphy) as he wakes up from a coma to a deserted Britain that has been devastated by a zombie virus

Sequel: The filmmaker, 66, (pictured) delighted horror fans with 28 Days Later which followed the character of Jim (Cillian Murphy) as he wakes up from a coma to a deserted Britain that has been devastated by a zombie virus

He said: ‘It might come back into focus because one of the things that’s happening in the business at the moment is it has to be a big reason for you to go to the cinema, because there are less and less reasons.

‘It’s hard for companies distributing films and for cinema chains to show films, they’re struggling to get people into the cinema unless it’s something like Top Gun: Maverick or a Marvel.

Danny previously hinted at the future of the franchise back in 2019 when he revealed the script for the third fim had impressed him.

Success: The original film, released in 2002, was followed by 28 Weeks Later in 2007 (pictured) which followed a NATO military force attempting to create a safe zone in London

Success: The original film, released in 2002, was followed by 28 Weeks Later in 2007 (pictured) which followed a NATO military force attempting to create a safe zone in London

He told The Independent: ‘It’s properly good. The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn’t reference any of that. It doesn’t feel stale at all.’

The original film – which also starred Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson – grossed $85.7million on a budget of $8million.

The sequel – starring Robert Carlyle, Idris Elba and Rose Byrne – made $65.8million on a $15milllion budget.

Classic: The original film - which also starred Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson - grossed $85.7million on a budget of $8million

Classic: The original film – which also starred Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson – grossed $85.7million on a budget of $8million

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