Danny Boyle directs 28 Years Later as production begins  

Danny Boyle directs 28 Years Later as production begins  
Danny Boyle, image credit Montclair Film via Creative Commons licence 2.0

28 Years Later, the first film in a planned trilogy based on the 28 Days Later franchise, has begun filming in the north-east.

As first reported on Deadline, the film stars Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes, with Danny Boyle directing from a screenplay by Alex Garland. North-east filming locations include Northumberland.

There will be a brief hiatus before filming then gears up on Part Two, to be directed by Nia DaCosta.

The original 28 Days later starred Cillian Murphy – who exec produces the first of the follow-up trilogy – as Jim, who wakes from a coma to find society has been decimated by a deadline virus; the film was a collaboration between director Boyle and writer Garland.

Much of the film was shot in usually very busy locations such as Piccadilly Circus and Westminster Bridge, so the production team had extremely brief windows in the early mornings (often under an hour) to capture scenes of desolation.

28 Years Later is produced by Boyle and Garland, reuniting with the original 28 Days Later producing team of Peter Rice and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films. Bernie Bellew also produces.

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