For the record, it is quite alright if your first thought is ‘who the hell is Paul Andrew Williams?’ The guy isn’t a very big name in the world of directing, but then again, neither was Juan Carlos Fresnadillo before he directed 2007’s 28 Weeks Later. Williams is a British director who wrote and directed the horror comedy The Cottage, starring Andy Serkis and Jennifer Ellison, which has been making the rounds on DVD internationally.
And according to a report from The Arrow today, Williams is next in line to carry the torch lit by Danny Boyle in 2002 when he made 28 Days Later. The film, titled 28 Months Later, is something that has been in the works for quite a while. Danny Boyle, who served as Exec. Producer on 28 Weeks, told the folks at /Film back in July of ’07 that he had an idea for 28 Months Later, and that it would see the virus spreading into Russia. But even at that point, Boyle still said ‘I don’t know whether it will happen.’ This new information, rumor or not, could show some movement in production.
Of course, all of this will hinge on an official announcement from 20th Century Fox, the presumptive studio that would be making such a film (Fox Searchlight distributed 28 Days and Fox Atomic backed 28 Weeks), but who knows when that might come. For now, we will chalk this up as a reasonable rumor — it’s not set in stone, but it very well could be right. Personally, I’m not opposed to a 28 Months Later — this franchise has delivered two of my favorite apocalyptic flicks of all-time (that of course, is coming from a guy who doesn’t like anything scary).
Would you be interested in seeing a 28 Months Later?