Alex Garland doubts that 28 Months Later will ever happen

Alex Garland doubts that 28 Months Later will ever happen
‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go …
nIn said AMA, a question came up about a further sequel to 28 Days Later, which has been in the books for quite some time. Garland penned the first film, and was executive producer on its follow-up, 28 Weeks Later. There had been talk about a trilogy-closer, 28 Months Later, in the years directly after the release of the sequel but things have gone quiet since then. And Garland in a brief response admitted that there were “kind of” plans for a further film, “but doubt it will ever happen.”

It’s not the first time our hopes of getting a third 28 Days film have been shattered. In fact, there’s a pretty long history of doubt over whether the elusive 28 Months Later would ever get made.

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28 Days Later director Danny Boyle told MTV while promoting the excellent 2007 sci-fi flick, Sunshine (also written by Garland), that, “There is an idea for the next one, something which would move the story on. I’ve got to think about it, whether it’s right or not.” 

With Annihilation set to debut on Netflix next month, Ex-Machina director Alex Garland has taken part in an Ask Me Anything Q&A on Reddit, where he was asked the question about the possibility of a further film in the 28 Days/Weeks Later franchise.

Things have gone pretty quiet since then, except for the occasional comment from Boyle or Garland, who seemed optimistic in the first few years after the sequel but has since shared a bit more doubt about the project. By 2010, Garland wasn’t sure the film would be made at all, citing a rights battle between two sides that weren’t interested in negotiating.

Asked if he had “any plans for another 28 days/weeks/months/years movie?” Garland responded with “kind of”, which suggests he had ideas, but then punctuated it with “but doubt it will ever happen”.

“When we made 28 Days Later, the rights were frozen between a group of people who are no longer talking to each other,” Garland told Worst Previews. “And so, the film is never going to happen unless those people start talking to each other again. There is no script as far as I’m aware.”

In 2015, Garland actually seemed more hopeful that the movie would get made – and perhaps even a fourth film.

The film, which was originally scheduled for release through Universal, sees Peña’s character plagued by nightmares of losing his family. Those nightmares become a reality when a destructive force invades Earth, intent on presumable total destruction. Lizzy Caplan will play his wife, as they fight for their lives and discover some hidden strength to keep them safe. It doesn’t sound like much, but certainly has a lot of potential given the people involved and is definitely the right type of movie for Netflix to have to continually draw in and maintain viewers to its service.

Alex Garland Would Direct DC’s Swamp Thing If Given The Chance

“We’ve just started talking about it seriously” he told IGN. “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.”

At the time, Garland said he’d probably return as an executive producer as opposed to writing the film, which he confirmed would be titled 28 Months Later.

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“It’s more likely to be 28 Months than 28 Years” he revealed. “28 Years gives you one more place to go. 28 Decades is probably taking the piss.”

Aside from Peña and Caplan, the film also stars Mike Colter, Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Tom Riley, and Lilly Aspell and is based off a script written by Brad Kane, Spencer Cohen, and Eric Heisserer. Netflix hasn’t given the title a release date yet, but given recent sentiment, I can’t imagine it will be too long before it makes its debut.

Now, it’s more likely to be too much time has passed, and that Garland’s slate of projects is on the sizeable side. We’ll keep you posted if anything changes, though…

Ex Machina and Annihilation director Alex Garland has become a sort of critical and fan favorite over the years, and it sounds like he’d be interested in lending his talents to a very specific comic book property.

In the case of the big green plant man, though, one talented filmmaker has now come forward to express their love for the character. While participating in an AMA on Reddit, Annihilation helmer Alex Garland was asked “if given the chance, which comic book characters would you want to write/direct?” Though the question gave him room to leave his options open and suggest several ideas, he only provided one name: Swamp Thing.

During a recent Reddit AMA, Garland was asked which comic book character he would like the chance to adapt. As the director revealed, he’d most want a go at DC Comics’ Swamp Thing.

Luckily for Garland, if he’s seriously interested in tackling Swamp Thing, there is a project involving him already in the works at DC. Justice League Dark has been passed around by several directors at this point – notably Guillermo del Toro and Doug Liman – so Warner Bros. would likely snap Garland up if he offered to make the supernatural team-up movie for them.

Considering Garland’s experience in the science fiction realm, it’s pretty easy to see him handle a Swamp Thing movie. His previous scripts for films like Ex Machina, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go have blended sci-fi elements into reality in a breathtaking way, something that would work well for Dr. Alec Holland. Plus, Garland also has somewhat of a history in the comic book realm, previously writing the screenplay to 2012’s cult classic Judge Dredd.

While Swamp Thing has been brought into live-action quite a bit over the years – most notably in the Wes Craven-directed film – the recent ventures to bring him onscreen have been less than successful. Swamp Thing is expected to be amongst the cast of Justice League Dark, a film that has gone through several director changes since being announced in 2014.

'Annihilation' Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like 'Ex Machina' and 'Never Let Me Go ...
‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go …

Some inklings of how Swamp Thing could be brought to screen have been made public, largely in a stunning piece of test footage from Joseph Kahn’s Justice League Dark pitch.

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Outside of that, there has been some interest in having Swamp Thing carry his own movie, with the possibility of a solo film being teased by Warner Bros. back in 2014. Interestingly, Swamp Thing almost got a solo film within DC’s animated space, with him ultimately being folded into the animated Justice League Dark film.

At the moment, it’s safe to assume that a similar thing will happen in live action, with Swamp Thing being brought to screen first in Justice League Dark. But if Garland’s interest in directing a Swamp Thing solo film gains enough traction, who knows what could happen.

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