The sequel to 28 Days Later is on its way!
Whilst I've been on a Zombie vibe, inspired by World War Z and the Zombie
Survival Guide, I found some news on this as well!
You might remember the 2002 film '28 Days Later', a rather different
interpretation of the Zombie theme, directed by Danny Boyle and set in a
contemporary UK overrun with hyperactive and hyper-angry people. So nothing
different from every Monday morning, you might suggest, but these were
infected by a 'rage'virus created in a Huntingdon Life Sciences style
biolab (their bad!) which was released by a bunch of righteous animal
liberationists (their stupid!)
The more pedantic zombie geeks don't consider the rage-infected as real
zombies, as they aren't technically 'undead', and don't shuffle around.
Actually in the eye of the beholder, the fast-running 'crazies' are a lot
more bloody terrifying than the run of the mill zombie, at least you can
get out of the way of the latter. It is interesting that the 2004 remake of
Dawn of the Dead went for the more mobile running zombie as well.
Anyway, to get back on topic, the anticipated follow-up, '28 Weeks Later'
is now in production, with an expected release of May 2007. This time,
Danny Boyle is not directing. The film is directed by Juan Carlos
The previous principal cast members, Cillian Murphyand Naomie Harris, were
not available for the sequel, but we do get Robert 'Trainspotting' Carlyle
and Rose Byrne.
We managed to find a picture, which you can see here..
We do have a little bit of a script spoiler for the first act, from
www.latinoreview.comwhich might be of further interest here.
"We are treated to a bunch of survivors in the pre title sequence that
tries to make a getaway in a boat on the English Channel. We find out that
the United States has intervened on the infected situation in Great
Britain. The survivors spot an F-16 and wave to it for help. Instead, the
F-16 blows them out of the water annihilating the survivors! We see that
the English Channel is littered with other bodies of escaping survivors who
tried to escape through the English Channel!"
"Seven months later or 28 Weeks Later...we find out that the population of
Great Britain has been reduced to 7,000 people. 60 million people have been
"On a passenger plane, we meet 15-year-old DANNY, his 17-year-old sister
TAMSIN. They meet DON their 45-year-old father on the tarmac at Heathrow
Airport. The family was away when infection first happened and their mother
was a casualty. Now they come back to England and their father has a new
29-year-old girlfriend named SCARLETT who obviously is going to have a beef
with TAMSIN. Scarlett lost her family to the infection."
"When the passengers? get off the plane they receive booklets entitled:
Coming Home, Guidelines for British Citizens."
"The United States is working with the British to bring back the
infrastructure and take advantage of the economic opportunities of a new
"The marines are in Great Britain maintaining Law and Order."
"The UK has been divided into zones. Green zones which the citizens can
navigate and red zones which are off limits. Later, GENERAL WESTMORELAND
and PROFESSOR STONE hold a press conference in which we find out that the
last of the infected died 28 weeks ago. Apparently, the infected can't
survive on it's own or without a new living human host to feed so it
supposedly died out."
"That is until Danny finds an infected boy at the aquarium in the water.
Stone and DOCTOR ROSS take the infected to a laboratory. Because it is the
first live specimen, Stone wants to make an antibody."
"It isn't far away until all hell breaks loose in England where we see
much of the same from the last movie where a bunch of survivors must band
together in order to live."
"The difference between this movie and the first one is the infection
itself - how people get it. I won't say because it gives away the film and
it is the big reveal, which we don't find out till the 3rd act."
"Jeremy Renner's cool and badass character DOYLE, a mercenary, former SAS,
doesn't make his first appearance till page 59."
There is even a teaser trailer at the following URL..
Well with this, and the film adaptation of 'World War Z' to come in 2008,
the prospects for enjoying a more cerebral take on the Zombie genre are
CiH, for Alive Mag,Nov '06.