To ensure buzz for 28 Months Later, Cillian Murphy returning after 28 Days Later would definitely do the trick.
In 2002, director Danny Boyle made sub-genre history and changed the face of zombie cinema for years to come; and for the better.
It certainly wasn’t the move that fans anticipated from the filmmaker after such efforts as Trainspotting and The Beach, but as you’ll know very well, it was a welcome surprise. Boyle is a figure who has continued to deliver surprises, but there’s one thing that hasn’t caught audiences off guard, and that’s his remarkable consistency.
He’s worked across numerous genres with ease, but genre fans have pined for his return to horror for well over a decade now. Fortunately, there’s some good news.
28 Months Later?
During a promotional appearance for his new film Yesterday, the director revealed that a 28 Days Later sequel has begun to unravel.
In conversation with The Independent, he said: “Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part. It’s properly good.”
Elaborating on this, he noted that “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.”
It’s certainly exciting news, but who could we expect to return?
Bring back Cillian Murphy!
At the moment, the project is in its origins and things are rather uncertain. Looking back on the 2002 film’s sequel – 2007’s 28 Weeks Later – it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t Boyle who directed it, but Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
Considering the former and indeed Garland are the ones working on the third film its early stages, there’s a strong chance that Boyle will be tempted to take the reins, especially when he’s already speaking so passionately about it.
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy was also absent from the sequel, after boasting the lead role in its predecessor. 28 Weeks Later focused on some new characters but considering the prestige of Boyle, Murphy and the original film, maybe something truly staggering is in the pipeline.
The likelihood of his return
Boyle’s return is definitely more likely. After all, he returned to sculpt a sequel to his nineties classic, Trainspotting, just a couple of years ago. He may have the sequel bug!
Murphy, on the other hand, will be much tougher to reel in. Since 2002, his career has evolved enormously, and he’s starred in such great works as Batman Begins, Inception and more.
He has actually worked with Boyle since 28 Days Later – he starred in 2007’s Sunshine – so there is a professional relationship there. Essentially, the script would have to be incredible enough to secure him, but also justify the character’s return. Can it succeed? We’ll just have to be patient.
If he is back, then perhaps a cameo just won’t do.
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