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Danny Boyle Downplays Rights Issues For '28 Weeks Later Sequel'; Says Its All About A Good Script

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 29, 2010 at 3:21AM

As "127 Hours" gets set to start rolling out into cinemas next week, it's inevitable that in the press run-up to the film, Danny Boyle would be asked about future projects, and the one gaining the most steam is "28 Months Later" (not the actual title, but the one most fans go by).
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As "127 Hours" gets set to start rolling out into cinemas next week, it's inevitable that in the press run-up to the film, Danny Boyle would be asked about future projects, and the one gaining the most steam is "28 Months Later" (not the actual title, but the one most fans go by).

While the internet has tried very hard to put him in the director's chair, the project still has a long way to go. Firstly, there is no script in place yet for the proposed film, and secondly, writer Alex Garland recently revealed that the franchise itself may have run into some some rights issues. But speaking with ComingSoon, Boyle addresses the rights concerns and says it's nothing a good idea and/or solid script can't solve.

"If a thing's good enough, a story, an idea, there are no rights problems, not on the kinda level we work at. I mean, basically if you're talking the rights to 'Lord of the Rings,' or whatever it is, and the massive properties, you know, there are no problems if it's good enough and there won't be any problem I don't think, no," Boyle said. So while he doesn't outright deny that there some rights issues, it seems like it's nothing that can't be cleared up with a concept good enough to get everyone excited.

As to whether or not he'll actually return for the third installment of the fast moving zombie franchise, Boyle plays it cagey saying, "if it's a new idea and it's pretty good, it'll get made whether I direct it or not." Our guess? He probably won't. Boyle is a director that likes new challenges and we don't see him returning to the same territory unless it's a completely inventive, new take on the material. And while no script is underway, it seems that some discussions have been happening as Boyle recently hinted the next sequel might take place in Russia.

But one thing not to expect from Boyle? An animated film. When asked if he might go down that road the director said, "I'm just no good on that kind of stuff, I know I'm not really. I'm happy to watch it, but I wouldn't deliver it for them really well, you know? You've gotta kind of follow what your nose is, really."

This article is related to: Films, 28 Months Later


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