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28 Weeks Later will continue Boyle's apocalyptic yarn

Britain has been emptied. There's nobody there. It's completely dead. And six months later the Americans arrive to reboot it back up again. But, of course, something goes wrong...

It has been confirmed in recent days that a sequel to Fox's unexpected hit 28 Days Later is currently in pre-production with a 2007 release date pencilled in. Whilst Danny Boyle will not handle directing duties this time around (he has publicly stated in the past that he "doesn't do sequels"), he will produce 28 Weeks Later with Alex Garland and Andrew Macdonald.

The cast is yet to be confirmed but rumours suggest that none of the original actors will be returning for the sequel; Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who made the critically-acclaimed Intacto in 2001, has been confirmed as the film's helmer. He will be directing a screenplay written by Rowan Joffe whose previous filmography is relatively sparse. According to some minor industry buzz, however, it appears that the script is currently lacking and needs some major reworking before the cameras start rolling.

Danny Boyle is putting the finishing touches to Sunshine, his latest collaboration with Garland which is an apparent blend of sci-fi and horror; the film is scheduled for release at the beginning of next year.

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