Ex Machina's Alex Garland Has Written the Story Concept for 28 Months Later

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 2:11PM
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 - 2:11PM
Alex Garland recently stated that, in spite of its runaway success, his sci-fi thriller Ex Machina would not see a sequel anytime soon. And according to a new interview with Indiewire, it's partially because he thinks most stories "don't stand up to being repeated."

"Sequels are generally done in a rush. It's done with a sense of urgency," said the writer/director, who penned the scripts for acclaimed space opera Sunshine and zombie apocalypse classic 28 Days Later. "The first movie, you spend a long time developing to get it over the line. The second thing, you don't. Your expectations are different and your motivations are different."

So what does this mean for a potential 28 Days Later follow-up? The first sequel, 28 Weeks Later, came out in 2007 and achieved critical and financial success, but for a long time, there were no plans for a "28 Months Later." 

"The rights to '28 Days' were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox," said Garland. "After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don't know."

But now a further sequel is really going forward, mostly because Garland let enough time pass to let an idea form organically. He has officially written the story concept for the film, but will not be involved with the project going forward. "About two years ago, Danny started collaborating on the potential to make 'Trainspotting 2,' another sequel," he explained. "In that conversation, an idea for '28 Months' arrived. I had a funny idea. I had a sort of weird idea that popped into my head. Partly because of a trip I'd taken. I had this thought, and I suggested it to Andrew and Danny, but I also said I don't want to work on it. I don't really want to play a role, and Andrew said, 'Leave it to me.' So he's gone off and is working on it."

But in spite of the fact that Garland will not be involved in the project, he clarifies that the script for Boyle and McDonald's treatment will still use his idea, which he calls "pretty simple." "Don't you think those are, in a way, better? Because there is no momentum now, and you've had an organic, real spark about where I can take this. And it just popped into your head, kind of thing. Rather than, 'Okay, I'm going to make a sequel.'"

It's a little disappointing that Garland won't be involved, although the three filmmakers work together so often, it's safe to say that he'll get some creative input. And Garland is right that some of the best sequels come a long time after their predecessors (the "Before" series, anyone?), so color us excited.
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