Walking Dead’s opening hits infamously close to 28 Days Later, and now World Beyond’s CRM creates another line of influence between the two stories.
Is The Walking Dead borrowing ideas from Danny Boyle’s 2002 classic, 28 Days Later, once again? Starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris in breakout roles, 28 Days Later is a zombie movie… even if that tag doesn’t quite match up with the film’s science. Britain might be invaded by rage-infected humans instead of the reanimated dead, but 28 Days Later nonetheless sees Danny Boyle updating timeless zombie tropes for a contemporary audience.
28 Days Later has proved incredibly influential upon the horror and zombie genres, and especially to The Walking Dead. Boyle’s story opens with Cillian Murphy waking from a coma, only to find the apocalypse in full swing and London deserted. The Walking Dead copies this intro almost beat-for-beat, with Rick Grimes recovering from a coma of his own and finding himself in a similarly deserted urban landscape. The first issue of The Walking Dead was published almost a year after 28 Days Later, but Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead creator) maintains the comparison is coincidental, and his first chapter was already written before he saw Boyle’s movie.