Sony Secures Rights to ’28 Years Later’ Zombie Trilogy with Director Danny Boyle and Screenwriter Alex Garland

Los Angeles, CA – Sony Pictures has emerged as the winner in a bidding war for the rights to produce “28 Years Later,” a new horror thriller based on the 2002 zombie classic “28 Days Later.” The film will see the reunion of the original director, Danny Boyle, and screenwriter, Alex Garland.

Boyle is set to direct the film, which is expected to be the first installment of a new trilogy. Garland will be responsible for scripting each film. With a budget reaching approximately $75 million, “28 Years Later” will bring together a talented team of producers, including Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice, the former head of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Credited with revitalizing the zombie genre, “28 Days Later” followed the story of a bicycle courier who wakes up from a coma to find that the world has been overrun by zombies due to a virus outbreak. The film grossed over $82 million worldwide and spawned a sequel, “28 Weeks Later,” in 2007, with Boyle and Garland serving as executive producers.

Boyle recently directed the Sex Pistols miniseries “Pistol” for FX, while Garland is expected to release the horror film “Men,” featuring Jessie Buckley. Additionally, Garland’s action-packed movie “Civil War,” starring Kirsten Dunst and Wagner Moura, is set to hit theaters via A24 on April 12.

News of Sony’s successful bid for the rights to “28 Years Later” was reported by The Hollywood Reporter.