28 Days Later turned down

Friday 14 July 2006
Both Sony and Electronic Arts passed on the opportunity to turn Brit horror flick 28 Days Later into a game, according to the film's producer Andrew Macdonald.

Macdonald was speaking at the Develop Conference in Brighton this week about the crossover between games and films when he revealed there was little interest in the 28 Days Later licence. Many independent developers were tempted by the idea but would need funding to produce it.

28 Days Later was directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave) and went on to be quite successful at the box office despite its low budget. It follows the tale of a group of zombie holocaust survivors - subject matter which has often been used in videogames.

A film sequel, 28 Weeks Later, is currently in production so it should be interesting to see if any of the major players in the games industry take Macdonald up his offer this time.