Danny Boyle confirms third installment of '28 Days Later' franchise is in the works

The iconic zombie-horror film has seen two successful outings and Boyle confirmed that part three of the movie will also see the return of Alex Gardner, the original writer of the film

Just days ahead of his next directorial venture, 'Yesterday', hitting theaters, Danny Boyle has revealed that he is working on the third instalment of '28 Days Later' along with Alex Gardner, who wrote the original 2002 zombie-horror cult classic.

That the movie would have a part three had been making rounds by the franchise's fans and with Boyle teasing that a third film is indeed in development, it's only a matter of time before the zombies will make their way to cinema halls. 

In a recent interview with The Independent, Boyle confirmed that he had a "wonderful idea" for the third installment and will be working with Garland to develop the idea for the film.  

"Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part," Boyle said. "It's properly good."

According to Boyle, much of the movie's developments depend on Garland's schedule. "The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn't reference any of that. It doesn't feel stale at all," Boyle added. "He's concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it's stood in abeyance really, but it's a you-never-know."

Post '28 Days Later' (2002), Garland has built an impressive CV as a director with 'Annihilation', 'Ex Machina' and 'Big Game'. 

Currently, Garland is focusing on the small screen, writing and directing all the eight episodes of 'Devs', an upcoming sci-fi thriller on FX. 

'28 Days Later' (2002) follows the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses on four survivors to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew while evading those infected by the virus.

The sequel, '28 Weeks Later' (directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) was released in 2007 and is set after the events of the first film. It depicts the efforts of NATO military forces to retrieve a safe zone in London and the catastrophic mayhem caused when two young siblings break protocol to find their mother who was infected by the virus, which results in the reintroduction of the deadly virus.