‘Ex Machina’ Director Alex Garland Confirms ‘28 Months Later’ Sequel Is in the Works
We’ve heard rumors for some time now about another installment in the 28 Days Later franchise — one that, in keeping with the escalation of the title 28 Weeks Later, would be titled 28 Months Later. There hasn’t been much movement on the latest chapter in the series, but that may be changing very soon, according to Ex Machina director Alex Garland, who penned the screenplay for 28 Days Later.
While Garland has no intention of making a sequel to Ex Machina, he is involved in some other sequel ideas — in an interview with IndieWire, Garland talked a bit about some ideas he has for a Dredd sequel (which doesn’t look like it’ll ever happen), and issues with demand for sequels in general.
Garland said that initially, neither he nor co-producers Danny Boyle (who directed 28 Days Later) and Andrew McDonald wanted to move forward with a third film in the franchise. But now McDonald is moving ahead on 28 Months Later, and Garland revealed that he’s written a story for it:
bout two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make Trainspotting 2, another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for 28 Months arrived. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I’d taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don’t want to work on it. I don’t really want to play a role, and Andrew said, ‘Leave it to me.’ So he’s gone off and is working on it.
Garland executive produced 28 Weeks Later, but he wasn’t given a Story By credit on that film. The filmmaker will likely be given a producer and Story By credit should 28 Months Later come to fruition — and for the first time, it actually seems like this film is definitely getting made.
The director wouldn’t reveal any details about the plot, but he did say it’s “pretty simple,” which is a promising start.