Variety reports that Jeremy Renner will take one of the lead roles in 28 WEEKS LATER, the sequel to 28 DAYS LATER coming next May 11 from Fox Atomic. The script by Rowan Joffe takes place you-know-how-long after the conclusion of the first movie, with American Special Forces teams helping to repopulate London after the rage plague decimated the city. But one carrier remains alive, and the infection spreads again. Spanish director Juan Carlos (INTACTO) Fresnadillo will helm 28 WEEKS, which is being produced by the DAYS team of Danny Boyle (director), Alex Garland (scripter) and Andrew MacDonald (producer). Renner, who will play Sgt. Doyle in the sequel, first won notice playing the serial-killing title role in DAHMER, which launched him into major-studio features like S.W.A.T. and NORTH COUNTRY.
Meanwhile, the trade also reports that Tim (DARK WATER) Roth has joined Naomi Watts in FUNNY GAMES, Michael Haneke's remake of his own 1997 German chiller. The duo will play a husband and wife who, along with their son, are terrorized at their vacation cabin by a pair of young sadists. The redux, which begins shooting in September, will be produced by Tartan Films, Halcyon Pictures and the French Celluloid Dreams company.