Cillian Murphy Hinted That He Won’t Return to $147M Franchise Unless It Fulfills This One Condition

Cillian Murphy Hinted That He Won't Return to $147M Franchise Unless It Fulfills This One Condition
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28 Days Later gave Cillian Murphy’s career the required boost during his initial days in Showbiz, which would result in Christopher Nolan discovering him, leading to their lifelong working partnership. Presently, the actor is set to lead one of Christopher Nolan’s most important films in his entire filmography, which is eying for an impressive opening at the box office this Friday.

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But it appears, after Oppenheimer, the Peaky Blinders star might get back to his roots by starring in the sequel to the film that initially gave his career the major push, under one condition.

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Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer (2023)
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer (2023)

Cillian Murphy’s condition behind returning for a 28 Days Later sequel

Ever since playing the lead in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, Cillian Murphy‘s ascend to the top hasn’t stopped, and is known for delivering exceptional performances both on the big and small screen. But considering it has been 2-decades since the 2002 Zombie flick, the Peaky Blinder star is open to the idea of returning for a sequel to 28 Days Later. However, there is one condition that needs to be fulfilled in order to get Murphy on board for a sequel, as he is only ready for a sequel if the original makers of the film are back. He 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.”

Although whether the project will come to fruition remains under speculation for the time being, the actor alongside Boyle explained why it’d be impossible to film 28 Days later in this day and age.

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28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later (2002)

Making 28 Days Later would be impossible in this day and age

The opening sequence of the 2002 classic has earned its fair share of appreciation and praise over the years, however, filming the scene in the present time would be impossible according to the creators. Reflecting on the deserted London sequence, Cillian Murphy and Danny Boyle explained they were only able to shoot the sequence due to looser security pre-9/11. But considering the whole world changed after the events of 9/11, resulting in tighter security, the Westminster Bridge scene won’t be possible to craft today. Murphy explained,

“We’d have never got access to Westminster Bridge, put half a fucking bus down there by Number 10 (Downing Street) now. We had total access. That would never happen now. That time is gone.”

Also read: “He existed on martinis and cigarettes”: Cillian Murphy Starved and Tortured Himself To Make Christopher Nolan’s Dream Come True, Said He “Wanted to get it right”

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

Even though 2007 witnessed a sequel to the highly acclaimed Murphy-led film, 28 Weeks Later, it witnessed brand new sets of characters and handlers behind the camera. But fans will hope after Oppenheimer, they might witness the duo of Murphy and Boyle return to craft a sequel to the 2002 classic.

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