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’28 Years Later’ Lands at Sony with Cillian Murphy as Producer

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Sony has acquired the rights to “28 Years Later,” the sequel to “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later,” bringing back Danny Boyle and Alex Garland. The announcement was made today via an update by The Hollywood Reporter, highlighting Sony’s victory in a bidding war for the project.

Cillian Murphy is attached as an executive producer and may also act in the film, although his acting role has not been confirmed. The project will see Garland writing and Boyle directing, with plans for at least one more sequel in the works.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. Each movie in the series is expected to have a budget of around $60 million. The specifics of the negotiations, including changes in compensation or plans, are not clear. A theatrical release is a priority for the filmmakers.

Regarded as one of the greatest zombie films of all time, this update is very promising for the sequel. 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle, writer Alex Garland, and actor Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Oppenheimer) offered a promising update in a recent interview with both Inverse and Collider.

Movie scene from 28 Days Later

In a recent interview with Inverse, Garland said I resisted it for a long time because there were things about 28 Weeks that bugged me. I just thought, ‘F–k that.’ I’d rather try to write a different story in a different world. But a few years ago an idea materialized in my head for what would be really 28 Years Later. Danny always liked the idea.

Danny Boyle later said So we’re talking about it quite seriously, quite diligently. If he doesn’t want to direct it himself I’ll be well up for it, if we can execute a similarly good idea.

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Then in a recent interview with Collider, Murphy said “I was talking to Danny Boyle recently, and I said, ‘Danny, we shot the movie at the end of 2000.’ So I think we’re definitely approaching the 28 Years Later. But like I’ve always said, I’m up for it. I’d love to do it. If Alex [Garland] thinks there’s a script in it and Danny wants to do it, I’d love to do it.”

28 Days Later was released in 2002 and follows the story of Jim (Cillian Murphy) who wakes up in a coma only to find that the city he is in is deserted. He later comes to find out that a mysterious aggression-inducing virus has swept through the United Kingdom and has turned everyone into flesh-eating zombies. The first film was a financial success, making $84.6M on an $8M Budget. It has been regarded as one of the best zombie films in the genre and the success ended up spawning a sequel called 28 Weeks Later.

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Movie scene from 28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later was released in 2007, but it did not bring back Boyle to direct, Garland to write, and Murphy did not return. The film was not as successful as the first one and only brought in $65.8M on a $15M budget. Still regarded as a decent sequel to fans, it never did catch the greatness of the first film. This ultimately put a third movie on halt and had many failed attempts.

This is very promising news and a big jump on moving forward with this sequel. Are you excited that this film is closer to happening and that it will follow the story of the first film? Do you prefer the title 28 Months Later or 28 Years Later? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailers for the first 2 films below.

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‘Kraken’: An Upcoming Horror Movie Based On The Famous Sea Monster Legend

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This famous sea legend is getting an adaptation on the big screen. The horror film Kraken, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, is currently in development and will be based on the terrifying Scandinavian legend. It is targeting a late 2025 release and will be distributed by TrustNordisk. Check out the teaser image and more about the film below.

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The film synopsis states: “At the bottom of Norway’s deepest fjord rests a mythical monster as large as a mountain, with a myriad of arms ready to crush and devour anything they can grab.” THR details that it will follow the story of “Johanne, a marine biologist who encounters several strange occurrences while researching a fjord, including the brutal deaths of two local teenagers.”

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The movie is being directed by Pål Øie, known for the horror film The Tunnel (2019). Vilde Eide wrote the script and John Einar Hagen and Einar Loftesnes are producing the film. No details were given on the casting for the film.

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THR detailed that “In Norway and Iceland, legend has it that the Kraken, a giant sea monster similar to a squid or octopus, is lurking in local seas, only to occasionally rise and go on a rampage. Kraken will be shot off the coast of Norway later this year.”

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The legend of the Kraken is one tale that is popular and known among many. This legend will be interesting to see adapted on the big screen. Are you excited about this upcoming film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out footage of a giant Magnapinna squid caught on camera below.

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‘Joker: Folie à Deux’: New First Look Images Showcase The Joker And Harley Quinn

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This is one of the most anticipated movies of 2024. The sequel to Joker (2019) titled Joker: Folie à Deux released new first look images showcasing both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie is set to debut in theaters on October 4th of this year. Check out the new images and more about the film below.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

Very little is known about the plot except that it is going to be a musical and that it will focus on both the Joker and Harley Quinn. The movie will be directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the first film. The story is written by Paul Dini, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane. It stars actors Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga, Zazie Beetz, and many more.

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

The first film titled Joker was released in 2019 and was a major hit at the box office. The film went on to make $1.074B on a $70M budget. It was also a hit among critics and audiences earning a 69% Critic and 88% Audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. It went on to win several awards including the Oscars best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Original Score (Hildur Guðnadóttir).

First Look Image at Joker: Folie à Deux (2024)

These images give us a fresh new look at the two leading characters in the film. The first teaser will be released sometime in April according to the director. Are you excited about this film, or do you think they should have left it as a standalone film? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the official trailer for the original film below.

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Dennis Quaid Cast as Notorious Serial Killer in Paramount+ Series ‘Happy Face’

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Fans of true crime will be excited about this news. Dennis Quaid is set to lead the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ series, ‘Happy Face.’ This series, inspired by real events, delves into the dark narrative of a notorious serial killer and the profound impact on his family, particularly his daughter.

Happy Face” is rooted in the harrowing true-life story of Melissa Moore, who discovered as a teenager that her father was the infamous serial killer dubbed “Happy Face” for the smiley faces he drew on letters that boasted of his crimes. This revelation shattered Moore’s life, leading her to change her name and keep her father’s identity a secret while he served a life sentence in prison.

Keith Hunter Jesperson, the Happy Face Killer

The series aims to explore the complex relationship between “Happy Face” (played by Quaid) and his daughter, Melissa (portrayed by Annaleigh Ashford). After years of silence, the serial killer finds a way to re-enter his daughter’s life, sparking a series of events that force Melissa to confront her father’s legacy. She embarks on a quest to determine whether an innocent man is at risk of being executed for one of her father’s crimes, all while grappling with the broader implications of her father’s actions on his victims’ families and her own sense of identity.

Happy Face” promises to be a deep dive into the psyche of a serial killer and the ripple effects of crime on family and society. The series is inspired by the podcast of the same name by iHeartMedia and Melissa Moore, and the book “Shattered Silence,” co-written by Moore and M. Bridget Cook.

The production of this eight-episode series is set to commence this spring in Vancouver, with a premiere date on Paramount+ slated for 2025. Behind the scenes, Jennifer Cacicio takes the helm as the writer, executive producer, and showrunner. The project also boasts executive production by notable names including Robert and Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Moore herself, and Michael Showalter, who is also directing the first episode.

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