28 weeks later

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There might just be some zombie like life left in the 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later franchise. Although it has been eight years since the second film, 28 Days Later script writer and 28 Weeks Later Producer Alex Garland is raising hopes that a third movie in the rage virus horror movie franchise might just get rolling soon. Days and Weeks both did well at the box office, with the Days earned ten times its production budget while the follow-up Weeks earned a very respectable return of six times its budget. What’s Garland have to say about a possible third film? (more…)

Alex Garland’s 28 Days Later franchise has brought what are probably the best (serious) zombie flicks to the screen since George Romero’s golden years.  The sequel to the original, 28 Weeks Later may not have been as good as its predecessor, but it still left fans screaming for a third installment.  Tentatively called 28 Months Later, people have been talking about it for almost five years and everything from production rumors to proposed scripts have been discussed in the unofficial capacity.

Now, Alex Garland is the harbinger of bad news, putting those rumors in the grave.  In a recent interview, Garland had this to say about the franchise:

I’m still so proud of 28 Days Later and how well it’s been received over the years so I appreciate that. But in regards to another movie, no- there are no plans for a 28 Months Later or whatever they were calling it. This is a series I’ve always been heavily involved with between the original and the sequel so if there were plans for another movie, I would absolutely know about it.

Yeah, kind of a bummer.  I really wanted to see the grand finale zombie apocalypse sweeping across the face of the Earth.  But if Garland has no plans to be involved, there’s really no point.  The dreaded alternative would be to hand it over to someone else, which would inevitably end in sub-standard rubbish.  At least we have the first two films to re-watch.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for helping us lay this one to rest.

We were so close to seeing a reboot of The Crow. 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was set to helm the re-imagining of the mid-90s pop culture classic. Hangover hero, Bradley Cooper, was pegged to star as the goth king Erik Draven. However, both Juan and Cooper have since flown the coup. With Juan and Cooper out, the project is on a definite hiatus.

Helping us imagine what could have been, is some nifty concept art by Diego Lattore . His conceptualization depicts the same dark tone of the original. It also shows what Bradley’s final look as the Crow may have looked like. (more…)

So to be an angst-ridden reborn man or the devil himself, this was Bradley Cooper’s dilemma when it came to deciding which film he’d rather take. Why did he have to choose? Well, insider sources say that The Crow and Paradise Lost, both films with Cooper casted, would shoot around the same time next year. Between the two options, The Hollywood Reporter says that Bradley Cooper chose Satan, and has flown out on The Crow.

Of course despite the fact that these allegations haven’t been confirmed, Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg are listed as possible replacements if this turns out to be true. Coming Soon Net reports that both men are already in different film projects.

Wahlberg can soon be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s feature debut Ted and recently signed on for the crime thriller Broken City. Tatum, meanwhile, is currently in production on the still-untitled G.I. Joe sequel and will re-team with Steven Soderbergh for Magic Mike, based on the actor’s own experiences working as a stripper in Tampa, Florida.

So, could we see scheduling problems arise once more if Bradley Cooper does have to be replaced? For now we just have to wait and see little Nerbastards. For now though we do know that the film will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). This film will be  a  re-adaptation to James O’Barr’s comic book series that was previously made into the 1994 film of the same name.  This reboot is reported as a grittier version compared to its 1994 counterpart, but will once again tell the story of Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge the death of his wife. Script written originally by Fresandillo has been reported as going under the ‘editing knife’ once Alex Tse came on board.

Will this film work, or is the curse of ‘The Crow’ coming back to bite everyone’s derriere so that it is left alone?