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​TV Series Prequel To The Beach Has Been Written

​TV Series Prequel To The Beach Has Been Written

Alex Garland's novel The Beach - and its 2000 film adaptation - was something that truly defined a generation, perfectly capturing the late 90s zeitgeist.

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Now, almost 20 years on, it looks like we could be getting a return to the story, though perhaps not in the format you'd expect.

Instead of a sequel to Danny Boyle's film, which was set in Thailand and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tilda Swinton, what's in the works is a prequel TV series.

Boyle has revealed that Amy Seimetz has been in charge of the project, which will be a prequel... set 20 years later. I know, we're confused too.

"The Beach may come back," Boyle told The Independent.

The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Credit: 20th Century Fox
The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Credit: 20th Century Fox
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"[Seimetz] has taken The Beach and made a prequel for television. It's the same character but it's set now, so 20 years later - it's a bit of a headf***."

Er, yeah. You're telling us, Danny.

He continued: "It's intriguing when you see it. I've read the first two scripts. I don't know if they'll have the courage to do it at FX, but you never know."

In the same interview, Boyle also revealed that a third film in the 28 Days Later series was also potentially in the pipeline, telling the newspaper he would be teaming up once again with the screenwriter Alex Garland - who wrote the first film.

28 Days Later. Credit: DNA Films
28 Days Later. Credit: DNA Films

28 Days Later landed in cinemas back in 2002, and starred Peaky Blinders lead Cillian Murphy as Jim, a courier who awakes 28 days after a zombie invasion has destroyed civilization as we know it.

That was followed five years later by sequel 28 Weeks Later, starring Robert Carlyle.

But now it sounds like the time could be right for number three, with Boyle assuring us there's already a premise that he's thinking about.

"Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part," he told the newspaper.

"It's properly good."

He continued: "The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn't reference any of that. It doesn't feel stale at all. He's concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it's stood in abeyance really, but it's a you-never-know."

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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