Cillian Murphy says he'd 'love to' do a 28 Days Later sequel
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Cillian Murphy has revealed he would be more than happy to do a 28 Days Later sequel.
28 Days Later starred Murphy as bicycle courier Jim who awakes from a coma to discover that a highly contagious, aggression-inducing virus has romped its way through civilization.
On the run from the infected, Jim happens to come across a group of survivors who he hopes may be key to his ongoing survival.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland, 28 Days Later also starred Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns and Brendan Gleeson.
28 Days Later was a critical and financial success, pulling in $82.7 million worldwide on a budget of $8 million and holding a solid 87 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
The flick was released all the way back in 2002 - and while it did spawn a sequel, titled 28 Weeks Later in 2007, Murphy didn’t reprise his role of Jim.
But it seems he would be keen to make a sequel, under the right circumstances.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Murphy was asked about the chances of him making a sequel, to which he replied: “I’d love to do it. There needs to be a script, and Danny needs to find the time, and Alex needs to feel that there’s more story to tell.”
And it seems as though the idea could come to fruition, because in an interview with Inverse in June this year, Boyle and Garland let slip that a sequel was being talked about ‘quite seriously’.
Garland said: “A few years ago an idea materialized in my head for what would be really 28 Years Later. Danny always liked the idea.”
While Boyle chipped in: “So we’re talking about it quite seriously, quite diligently. If he doesn’t want to direct it himself I’ll be well up for it, if we can execute a similarly good idea."
When Murphy was told about the discussions, by a reporter from the Independent, he replied: “That’s great to hear. I didn’t know that – 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.”