Is it a zombie movie? Isn’t it a zombie movie? Well, it’s a great big debate of the kind we love to get our teeth into around here. Either way, Danny Boyle’s exceptional horror 28 Days Later is, unbelievably, 20 years old.

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It was also the movie that pushed Cillian Murphy into the big time. Now he and director Danny Boyle have given an interview to NME about the movie. In that interview they talk about the original and the 2007 follow-up 28 Weeks Later. Murphy says that another entry is always on his mind as he loves the franchise.

Boyle goes further and says the original writer Alex Garland has already written the script for a third entry. It is called 28 Months Later and Boyle says he is tempted by it:

“I’d be very tempted [to direct it]. It feels like a very good time actually. It’s funny, I hadn’t thought about it until you just said it and I remembered Bang, this script! which is again set in England, very much about England.

One of the things that’s happening in the business at the moment is it has to be a big reason for you to go to the cinema. It’s hard for companies distributing films and for cinema chains to show films, they’re struggling to get people into the cinema unless it’s something like Top Gun: Maverick or a Marvel. But a third part would get people in, if it was half-decent.”

The original 28 Days Later cost less than $8 million to make and turned in nearly $100 million at the box office before selling huge amounts of DVDs.

It was famous for making use of guerrilla filmmaking techniques to capture the eerily deserted city of London. The film features scenes set in normally bustling parts of London such as Westminster Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Horse Guards Parade and Oxford Street.

To depict these locations as deserted, the film crew closed off sections of street for minutes at a time, usually in early morning before sunrise on Sundays and would have typically around 45 minutes after dawn, to shoot the locations devoid of traffic and members of the public.

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They used a Canon XL1 digital video camera as it was small and light, enabling them to be more mobile and capture these scenes faster.

For the London scene where Murphy’s character walks by the overturned double-decker bus, the film crew placed the bus on its side, made the shot, and then removed the bus all within 20 minutes.

For the scenes of the empty M1 motorway, these were again shot early in the morning and a mobile police roadblock slowed traffic to leave a long section of carriageway empty while scenes were filmed in a single take.

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