Cillian Murphy has admitted that he would be open to the idea of returning to the 28 Days Later franchise, happily willing to discuss the opportunity to work on a third edition of the movie.
One of the defining works of the genre, Danny Boyle’s 2002 work is famous for making the “infected” sub-genre a common practice in zombie films. In a society that is ravaged by a virus (yes, it is especially relevant now), 28 Days Later conducts a fascinating investigation of loneliness amidst societal collapse.
At the time of its creation, Boyle said: “With all of the films that we’ve done, we try and take a genre and fuck with it a bit. We love doing that. It helps market the films, and the studios or whoever is distributing the film love that and it contacts a mainstream audience, which is part of the deal for us. We want the mainstream audience.”
He added, “And then we want to blow the genre apart so you don’t get it. So, the zombie fans who show up for this aren’t just going to see a gore-fest zombie film. They will get something in addition, and I think that’s a great dynamic really.”
The film was a critical and commercial success, one that aided both Boyle’s and Murphy’s rise to international acclaim. While fans have been calling for another effort – especially considering the coronavirus pandemic – Murphy has admitted his interest: “I would never say never,” he said in a new interview with CinePOP. “I loved making that movie. It was a long time ago. It was almost 20 years ago. But sure!”
The actor’s comments come after director Boyle hinted at a new 28 Days Later effort during an interview back in 2019. While it has been quiet since that moment, Boyle confirmed his collaboration with original screenwriter Alex Garland on a new effort.
The clues all add up, especially considering what Garland told IGN in 2015: “We’ve just started talking about it seriously,” he said. “We’ve got an idea. Danny [Boyle] and [producer] Andrew [Macdonald] and I have been having quite serious conversations about it so it is a possibility. It’s complicated. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why it’s complicated, which are boring so I won’t go into, but there’s a possibility.”
He continued: “It’s more likely to be 28 Months than 28 Years. 28 Years gives you one more place to go. 28 Decades is probably taking the piss.”