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Nia DaCosta In Talks To Direct 28 Years Later Instalment

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Nia DaCosta has been approached to direct the second instalment to the 28 Years Later trilogy of films, according to Deadline.

The director is best known for the sequel Candyman (2021), starring LaKeith Stanfield, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) entry The Marvels (2023), starring Brie Larson. DaCosta previously made history by becoming the first-ever Black female director to open at the top of the U.S. box office. DaCosta’s work on The Marvels also makes her the first Black woman to direct an MCU film, while it also helped her gain the biggest opening box office opening for a Black female director.

If DaCosta agrees to sign on to the project, she will join Boyle and the original writer of 28 Days Later, Alex Garland, who is involved as a producer and writer.

Cillian Murphy, who starred in 28 Days Later, is also set to serve as an executive producer on the trilogy. It is not known whether Murphy will also reprise his role as Jim, the bicycle courier who wakes up from a coma to discover that the world has been overrun by a virus which turns people into zombies after 28 days. The film also starred Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, and Brendan Gleeson.

Danny Boyle has already been confirmed as the director for the first instalment of the trilogy, which will simply be titled 28 Years Later. It serves as a sequel to the original 28 Days Later (2002), directed by Boyle, and the follow-up 28 Weeks Later (2007) directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The two films made almost $85 million and $66 million worldwide respectively.

Exact filming dates have not been confirmed, although it has been reported that production could begin as early as next month.

DaCosta meanwhile is also working on an adaptation of Hedda Gabler.