Director Danny Boyle didn’t have an easy transition into the new century. The British filmmaker delivered a pair of knockout indies in the 90s in “Shallow Grave” and “Trainspotting.” He was a director to watch. While his 1997 misfire “A Life Less Ordinary” wasn’t able to knock Boyle completely off of the radar, his widely publicized 2000 box office misfire “The Beach” certainly did. Boyle’s adaptation of the popular Alex Garland novel teamed him with Leonardo DiCaprio the megastar who was fresh off of the Titanic. “The Beach” also marked Boyle’s first collaboration with a major film studio, 20th Century Fox. Fortunately for Boyle, international audiences came to his rescue, and the studio recouped its investment. Yet the domestic returns were quite underwhelming, as was the critical reception, which bordered on universal pans. Boyle’s reputation had quickly become beached.
Yet in 2002, Boyle directed an under-the-radar zombie thriller “28 Days Later.” The modestly budgeted film detailed the aftermath of a virus outbreak in contemporary London, and the few survivors that now have to fend off a hoard of infected zombies. While the publicity behind the film was relatively mum, the critics rallied strongly behind Boyle’s film, heralding it as a gritty political allegory, a sharply made thriller and a glorious resurrection of the long abandoned zombie genre. Audiences soon followed, and the film made more than ten times its budget. Not only was the zombie genre resurrected, so was Boyle’s career. In the years since, he has directed such modern gems such as “Sunshine” and “127 Hours,” both of which inspired an enthusiastic critical response. Oh, and there was that time he won the Oscar for the cultural phenomenon “ Slumdog Millionaire.” And the time he produced the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Now, it looks like Boyle is returning to the film that jump-started his fledgling career. As of August 2012, the filmmaker has expressed his interest in directing a sequel to the 2002 classic.
Of course, Boyle’s film, widely speculated to be titled 28 Months Later, will actually be the second sequel to “28 Days Later.” In 2007, the critically acclaimed “28 Weeks Later” found its way into theaters. Boyle was crucial in the development of the project, including delivering script notes and hiring essential cast and crew members. Yet Boyle remained only a producer on the film, opting instead to aim his directorial talents to his ambitious 2007 film “Sunshine.” Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, a Spanish director who had directed only two relatively low-key pictures beforehand, took the helm for the eagerly awaited follow up. Fresnadillo also helped to pen the screenplay. While many critics derided the film for lacking the character development and personal edge of its predecessor, “28 Weeks Later” still provoked solid reviews and stellar box office receipts, leading to its own placement in the canon of great zombie films.
Speculation for a third film has been rampant since the DVD release of “28 Weeks Later.” Boyle has alluded to the possibility in several interviews and press junkets, and expressed that he would like to direct such a film. However, as recently as October 2010, Alex Garland, a writer/producer on both films, stated that the rights for the film were in limbo between two groups of people that were allegedly not interested in talking to each other. If the hostility was not alleviated, the chances of a sequel were next to nil. However, it looks as though those tensions were settled, as several news sources have floated the notion that a third film is imminent.
The plot for said third film is unknown. There will of course be rampant speculation prior to the film’s premiere. In Boyle’s capable hands, fans should have no reason to believe they will be at all disappointed.
Zack Mandell is a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews about movies such as 28 Weeks Later. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.
Check Out The Action-Packed Trailer For ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’
Tom Cruise reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Fallout, the latest movie in the Mission Impossible series, and as you can see from this trailer, the movie delivers more of the same stunts, explosions and ridiculously dangerous things that keep us coming back for more, even after all of these years.
In Mission Impossible: Fallout, when an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.
Returning cast members include Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, and Michelle Monaghan. Joining the dynamic cast are newcomers Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby, with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
Mission Impossible: Fallout blasts into theaters on July 27th, 2018.
Watch The Terrifying Final ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Trailer
Universal Pictures just released the final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, which is set to stampede into theaters on June 22nd, 2017.
It’s been 4 years since Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment, and Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. But when the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire must rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
But that’s not all. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition discovers that a shadowy arms company has created a genetically-engineered dinosaur called the Indoraptor, described as “the most dangerous creature that ever walked the earth,” that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times!
Naturally, it’s up to Owen and Claire to save the world, because as Dr. Malcolm wisely reflects, “those creatures were here before us and if we’re not careful they’re going to be here after us.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this!
Watch The Official Trailer For ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Disney has released the official trailer for their upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving us fans a peek at the next standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise. Like many of you, I was a little hesitant about a Han Solo origin story.
But after watching this trailer, I’m all in!
The trailer for Solo opens with young Han being recruited for a job. He tells Tobias Beckett that he’s a driver and that he’s waited a long time for a shot like this. Becket warns him that once he joins, he’s part of this life forever. And so it begins.
Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars sagas most unlikely heroes.
We wish we could just make the jump to May 25th already when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, but this trailer will have to tide us over until then.