Danny Boyle talks about the possibilities of doing 28 MONTHS LATER with @gandthew

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
October 22nd, 2010

I recently sat down with Danny Boyle to talk about his new film, 127 HOURS, (full interview coming soon) but I couldn't get up from our conversation without taking the opportunity to ask the man about a recent rumor. After all, I, as well as many of you, would most likely be...shall we say "filled with rage" if I didn't.

At the beginning of the month, it was reported that Boyle was looking to return to the franchise he began in 2002 with frequent collaborator and screenwriter, Alex Garland. 28 DAYS LATER... virtually redefined the zombie genre as we knew it to be, setting precedents stylistically and methodologically. I mean, correct me if I'm wrong here, but I don't recall zombies moving faster than a slow stroll prior to this film.

While Boyle did not direct its 2007 sequel, 28 WEEKS LATER, he says he was a big fan and gave it his undying support, serving as an executive producer while he made SUNSHINE.

But now there are whispers that Boyle could in fact return for a third film in the series, currently titled 28 MONTHS LATER. But is there any truth to this rumor? Many are turning these whispers into shouts, saying "Yes, please!" but what does Boyle think about the prospect of helming another rage-fueled, zombie sprint? Hear it straight from the man's mouth after the break!

When asked about the rumors of him returning and if it was something he has considered, Boyle stated:

"I'd love to...I'd love to direct another...I mean I directed the first one and then I wasn't that involved in the second one cause I was shooting SUNSHINE...or editing SUNSHINE...another film...but I remember watching it and it was very helpful to me to watch one having not been involved in it."

Interestingly enough, 127 HOURS cinematographer Enrique Chediak was involved in it, as he also shot the sequel 28 WEEKS LATER. Boyle responded to this energetically (when is this guy not energetic?) and elaborated on where 28 MONTHS LATER could fit in his future filmmaking.

"Absolutely! I know! I was very proud of the film [28 WEEKS LATER] when I watched it but I enjoyed it as well! Regardless of professional involvement, I was like 'Ah, I really can see...' You don't often get that because, as a moviemaker, you're involved in a different way than the audience, you know? And you hear it when people say they enjoyed it but you don't...anyway, so I'd love to make a third one, yeah. And there is an idea for a third one which I think is very, very interesting."

So, if the idea is there and the desire to make one is there, what exactly would cause Boyle to hold off? Only the fact that he's one of the most sought after directors in cinema today and already has two very prestigious projects lined up, including the honor of directing the opening ceremony for next year's Olympics. No big deal.

"The problem is time. Because I've ended up...I've committed to these two projects now which I normally never do. I normally just make one film at a time but I'm going back to the theater in London, doing a play there...Frankenstein. And then I've got the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games to do in London, which is in my backyard. I live about a mile from the stadium. I'm very proud of the Olympics. I think it's a great thing that unites all nations and I'm a sports fanatic. So, I couldn't say no. But it does compromise you on other things, you know? But I'd love to do one, yeah...I'd love to do another one. And I think there is life in a third iteration of it."

So there you have it, folks. There's reality to the rumors after all. Now let's just cross our fingers that it can fit into what sounds like a very busy schedule the director has ahead of him.

I can't help but think of a 127 HOURS/28 DAYS LATER mash-up, in which a zombie rock climber gets trapped by a boulder and eats his own arm off to survive. It would of course be called 127 HOURS LATER.

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