Waiting On ’28 Months Later’? Don’t Hold Your Breath

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28 Months Later isn’t an impossibility, but there certainly aren’t any plans for it right now. 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Trance director Danny Boyle recently spoke to Wired and he seemed fairly uninterested in pursuing the series – saying that there’s a only 40/60 chance of it getting made.

Who would have thought? I don’t like zombie movies. I never did. We took a genre and fucked with it. Zombie aficionados, they’re quite precious with all their rules. Like with running: “They don’t do that!” Of course there are so many manifestations of zombies now, the rule book has gone out the window. I saw one episode of The Walking Dead, and it was very gripping. But the zombies were stumbling around again, which I hate. Given what we’ve just been talking about, it’s very difficult to know whether zombies are overexposed now as a concept. So it’s 40/60 whether it happens or not.

Lest you despair, it’s not completely off the table. “But we did have an idea of where to set it and what it might be about.

Still, you know – probably not.

  • djblack1313

    this sucks. i’ve been praying that there would be a 3rd movie. Boyle said (during SLUMDOG’s press junkets) he turned in a treatment or a script/story for the 3rd movie.

    and what he said about zombie purists is 100% spot on. purists of any kind are really annoying. “zombies don’t run” “zombies can do this” “the infected in 28 DAYS LATER aren’t zombies”…

    blah blah blah. fuck off. they are a sub-genre of the zombie genre. i hope this 3rd movie does indeed come to fruition. also i find the infected in these movies far scarier than any zombies in THE WALKING DEAD.

    • DisturbedPixie

      I agree about the zombie popular opinion being pointless. Before Romero there were voodoo zombies, and there wasn’t any flesh eating and they could have been fully alive, just doing their master’s biddings. There were never any rules, there was only lazy fiction writers refusing to step out of the box and stubborn fans wanting to see the same fictional thing again and again. If your zombies talk. Fine. If they run. Fine. If they just sit on a couch eating chips. Fine. I don’t care, as long as it is a great tale told well. I can even do with unoriginal, as long as there is something engaging about it. And I can wait twenty years for a sequel if there is a lot of thought into how to make it stand out and not be like everyone else’s zombie movie.

      • djblack1313

        Pixie, EXACTLY!! :)

        • montagmoi

          The infected in 28/Days/Weeks aren’t zombies, though. It’s not too hard to find quotes from Danny Boyle stating as much. In the same way that Werewolves aren’t zombies, and neither are bananas. Surely, you need some form of definition for anything, or else how do you know what it is?

          • djblack1313

            the infected in 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER are a sub-genre of the zombie-genre. bottom line.

    • dirtyghettok

      I second djb with a high five and a slap on the butt. Danny Boyles whole comment just shows that his heart isn’t into it. I always enjoyed movies that went against the grain (at the time), like the other 28 day movies. Now he seems like if he did it, it would just be for a paycheck. But thats just me.

  • DarrelDreadful

    *sigh* I guess I can start breathing again. Still, Im holding onto the hope that this will happen some day but I should really start letting go of this, Halloween 3, and Jeepers Creepers 3 lol

    • ill_mindedd

      H3 and jeepers creepers 3 would kick ass!!! haha

    • ThunderDragoon

      I will be waiting for Jeepers Creepers 3 until the day I die lol.

  • LaDestruct

    BOOOoooo!!!

  • ill_mindedd

    ehh, 28 days later was pretty damn good. but the sequal did not match its excitment. will a 3rd film make up for the 2nd? or just flop?

  • NixEclips

    People forget there were running zombies back in the 80′s. Return of the Living Dead and that Italian film where they come off a plane and use weapons and … that was a really odd flick.

    • NixEclips

      Nightmare City. That’s the one. Thanks to my wife for remembering. She’s very proud of herself, right now.

    • VampireJack

      Indeed, and people also forget that there were running zombies in the original Night and Dawn.

      • NixEclips

        I might agree with Night, as they were mostly freshly dead. However, Dawn was the group attacking. I’ll have to re-watch Night.

        • montagmoi

          Nightmare City doesn’t have zombies. Like 28 Days/Weeks they are not dead. Return Of The Living Dead is a spoof. Dawn doesn’t have a single running zombie. The Graveyard Zombie in Night stumbles, he isn’t running full speed. Sorry, for actually knowing about a genre and giving a shit about it :D

          • djblack1313

            the infected in 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER are a sub-genre of the zombie-genre. bottom line :) .

          • NixEclips

            Please explain how Nightmare City is not a zombie film. Yes, Return was a “spoof”, but it was a zombie flick. Please tell me how it was explained that the dead people in Nightmare City were not zombies, please.

          • NixEclips

            And writing off Return as just a “spoof” is kind of idiotic. That movie made zombie flicks a box office draw. Day of The Dead dropped dead, which is unfortunate, as it’s my favorite Romero Dead flick. If you want to attack a “spoof” zombie flick, you go to Return 2, which was horrible.

  • straighttohell86

    Would love to see 28 months later get made, 28 days/weeks are both great.

  • lovezoid

    I find it interesting that a director who obviously knows genre cinema well doesn’t get why zombies are supposed to move slow. Shaun Pegg wrote an excellent article on the subject (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/nov/04/television-simon-pegg-dead-set).

    Having said that, I still love the runners (loved Dead Set too), but they are definitely their own monster and don’t represent the ‘slow-creep’ which make classic zombie films what they are.

    • lovezoid

      And I meant Simon Pegg not Shaun Pegg ha.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I love that he uses the word zombies so many times. I was so tired of the people whining “THEY AREN’T ZOMBIES!” XD Take that, people. From the horse’s mouth. They’re fuckin’ zombies. Anyways, this will get made. We just have to wait, that’s all. I’m used to that so it’s no biggie.

    • NixEclips

      But they weren’t zombies. They were infected. For anybody to say it’s otherwise is bullshit. I love 28 Days/Weeks Later. But there’s a good reason they move the way they do.

      • djblack1313

        the infected in 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER are a sub-genre of the zombie-genre. bottom line. :)

        :)

        • NixEclips

          Yes, but they are not, technically zombies. They’re not dead, bottom line. Love ya, DJ!

          • undertaker78

            Zombies do not have to be dead. Who made that rule?

          • NixEclips

            The new zombies. The old Haitian zombies were still alive, the new ones die and come back to life. Like Jesus.

  • evenscarier

    :( I really enjoyed the first two and wondered when 28 mos. was coming.

  • chambertlo

    I really despise the slow, shuffling Zombies of ‘The Walking Dead’ and much prefer the quick, aggressive Infected of ’28 Days/Weeks Later’, which are not even zombies at all.
    Also, to anyone who is saying that they were, in fact, Zombies in 28 Days/Weeks Later, you are WRONG. A Zombie, by definition is “A soulless corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, esp. in certain African and Caribbean religions”. If it is not dead, it cannot be a Zombie. End of discussion.

    • NixEclips

      Haitian zombies were not dead. Do yourself a favor and watch or read Serpent and the Rainbow.