Nia DaCosta is in talks to direct the second movie in the new '28 Years Later' trilogy.

Nia DaCosta is directing a film in the 28 Years Later trilogy

Nia DaCosta is directing a film in the 28 Years Later trilogy

The 34-year-old filmmaker is set to helm the second installment of the Sony Pictures trilogy in the franchise that started back in 2002 with Danny Boyle's movie '28 Days Later'.

Nia is familiar with the horror genre as she helmed the 2021 movie 'Candyman' – a sequel to the 1992 film of the same name – which starred Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Colman Domingo.

Boyle will helm the opening film in the new trilogy with original writer Alex Garland returning to pen the script.

'28 Days Later' saw Cillian Murphy play a coma patient who wakes up alone in hospital and finds out that the world has been taken over by the undead after the release of a highly contagious virus 28 days beforehand.

The picture proved popular and was followed by the sequel '28 Weeks Later' in 2007, although Boyle and Garland were only involved as executive producers on that film.

Cillian recently revealed that he would "love" to make a follow-up to the iconic post-apocalyptic horror flick - after he did not feature in '28 Weeks Later'.

The 'Oppenheimer' star told RSVP magazine: "Oh certainly for me. I mean, I'd love to. But that's not an exclusive or anything.

"There needs to be a script and Danny [Boyle] needs to find the time and Alex [Garland] needs to feel that there's more story to tell.

"But, again, that is a movie I watched with my kids not too long ago, and I feel that one - it's aged well.

"Or not aged at all, whatever the correct experience is."