Cillian Murphy teases fans with update on ‘exciting’ 28 Days Later sequel
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 23
Original star Cillian Murphy has opened up on 28 Years Later, the 28 Days sequel (Picture: Getty)

is excited about and has teased a tiny bit more about it, fuelling rumours further of his involvement.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, 67, and 53-year-old Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland helmed and wrote the original horror flick, starring Murphy, which was released back in 2002, over 20 years ago.

Now, has opened up about , which will once again see Boyle and Garland team up.

Naturally, fans are desperate to see Murphy back again too, after he sat out 2007 follow-up 28 Weeks Later, which was directed and co-written by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

‘I mean it’s for them [Boyle and Garland] to speak about I suppose, but I think it’s been brewing for a while,’ Murphy revealed, when probed further about it on Thursday’s episode of the podcast.

‘The first movie was so important for me as an actor, and I love working with those guys, and Alex has an idea…’ he teased.

28 Days Later is considered a British classic, 22 years after its release (Picture: Peter Mountain/Dna/20th Century Fox)
Director Danny Boyle is back and fans are dying for Murphy to also be on board, who revealed the idea had been ‘brewing’ for a while (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

‘And I think Danny directing it is just huge, so – watch this space.

‘It’ll be exciting.’

The star also confirmed there had been two endings written for 28 Days Later when host Josh Horowitz joked that he must have been glad that his character Jim ended the film still alive after a deadly virus sweeps through the country, turning humans into bloodthirsty, rage-filled zombies. 

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Responding to rumbles of 28 Years Later back in July, Murphy previously shared his enthusiasm for being involved with the project.

He told : ‘I would be there in a flash. I made two movies with both of those guys, and I would love to work with them again. Of course, I’m there.’

Elsewhere in the interview, the Irish actor recalled being pretty miserable while filming a freezing-cold scene in which Jim commits a brutal act of violence half-n**ed.n**ed.

Murphy has previously said he would be ‘there in a flash’ for a sequel (Picture: Peter Mountain/Dna/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
Boyle with writer Alex Garland, who is also returning for the sequel (Picture: Getty)

‘We meet him at the beginning and he doesn’t know what’s happening, he’s completely at a loss to figure out what’s going on, and he’s so naive and scared, and all of that. And then, by the end, he’s become this killing machine,’ the actor explained of Jim’s battle to survive after waking up from a coma at the start of the film.

‘I remember we shot that whole sequence over three weeks and nights, and I remember I was shirtless in November in England somewhere, and there were rain machines, and just being freezing.’

He continued: ‘Danny, he’s so great visually – he’s always so confident visually – and I knew that it would look great if we got it right. But it was miserable… It was freezing cold.’

What we know so far about 28 Days Later sequel, 28 Years Later

It looks like 28 Years Later could actually be the first of three films (Picture: Peter Mountain/Dna/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)

first revealed in January that Boyle and Garland were reuniting for a 28 Days Later sequel titled 28 Years Later, projected to begin a new film trilogy.

Each film is thought to have a budget of around $75million (£58.9m).

Aside from their confirmed involvement – and what appears to be Murphy’s – not much else is known about the film, with it being too early to talk about casting plot or release dates for the films.

Suffice it to say, fans will be very thirsty for the details when they are announced.

Previously, in November 2022, Boyle had admitted he , revealing that adapting Garland’s script for a 28 Months Later motion picture (the logical title at the time) appealed to him.

In an interview with , Boyle said: ‘I’d be very tempted (to direct it). It feels like a very good time actually. It’s funny. I hadn’t thought about it until you just said it, and I remembered “Bang, this script!” which is again set in England, very much about England.’

‘Anyway, we’ll see… who knows?’ the Trainspotting and Sunshine director teased.