Make sure you don’t get infected while reading a few facts we thought you might not know about 28 Weeks Later.
1. THE ORIGINAL STORY FOR THE SEQUEL WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Titled 29 Days Later, the original sequel told the story of British marines attempting to rescue the Prime Minister and the Queen of England.
2. THE SEQUEL HAD A NEW DIRECTOR
Instead of returning to the director’s seat to follow up his 2002 film 28 Days Later, Danny Boyle directed 2007’s Sunshine.
3. DANNY BOYLE DID MAKE A DIRECTING CAMEO
He directed second unit footage of the opening scene.
4. BOYLE ALSO MADE HIS MARK ON THE PLOT
He suggested the eye hemorrhage to denote asymptomatic virus carriers.
5. THE NEW DIRECTOR GOT THE JOB BECAUSE OF HIS PREVIOUS MOVIE
Boyle, who was an Executive Producer on 28 Weeks Later, sought out director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to take his place because of Fresnadillo’s previous film, Intacto.
6. ROBERT CARLYLE WAS NO STRANGER
Before accepting the role of Don, Carlyle had previously worked with Boyle on Trainspotting and The Beach before turning down the Major Henry West part in 28 Days Later (a role that eventually went to actor Christopher Eccleston).
7. THE HOUSE FROM THE OPENING SCENE MAY SEEM FAMILIAR
It was the same home outside of London used in the film Children of Men.
8. THE DIRECTOR PUT IN A SMALL NOD TO HIS HOME COUNTRY
Andy wears a Real Madrid jersey – director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is from Spain.
9. ACTRESS CATHERINE MCCORMACK WAS BUSY DURING PRODUCTION
McCormack appeared in the play “The 39 Steps” in London at the same time she shot the movie, which required limiting her takes to simplify her schedule.
10. PRODUCTION DESIGNERS USED LITERARY AND HISTORICAL INSPIRATION FOR THE SCENES OF POST-APOCALYPTIC LONDON
The empty and desolate street scenes were modeled after descriptions from Charles Dickens novels and from photos taken during the London Blitz from World War II.
11. THE FILMMAKERS CHEATED A BIT WITH POST-APOCALYPTIC SCENES
Most of the end scenes were shot “day for night” to make it look like all the lights were out in London. If they actually shot at night they would have had to use costly CGI to remove the lights from shots.
12. BUT THE FILMMAKERS STILL HAD A LOT OF CGI TO COMPLETE IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
The production had to finish 400 CG shots in only two months.
13. THE PRODUCTION REALLY WENT UNDERGROUND
The film shot for two full weeks in London’s Charing Cross tube station.
14. THE INFECTED CAST HAD A REAL CULTURAL PEDIGREE
Everyone playing an infected person in the movie was required to have a movement-based artistic background. The final cast included ballet dancers, gymnasts, circus performers, and mimes.
15. THE FILM’S CODA WAS SHOT LAST
The filmmakers came up with the idea for the coda just two weeks before production wrapped. Fresnadillo traveled to Paris with a limited crew and only HD cameras to shoot it in one afternoon.