One of the biggest, most well liked movies of this summer was Joe Cornish’s hoods vs. aliens movie Attack the Block. Well, if you’re talking to only films buffs that is. I don’t think too many regular people ever heard about the movie let alone went to see it. But those of us privy to genre film weirdness totally dug Cornish’s unique yet sort of old school approach to doing an alien invasion/monster movie. Surely there’s got to be a cult of Attack the Block loyalists growing somewhere out there in the land of the Internet, and I bet they’re thirsty for more punk on gorilla dog violence. Well, according to comments that Cornish recently gave IFC, some random day happening an unknowable length of time from now just might be your lucky day! Probably.
Cornish says that he’s gotten approached from people about an Attack the Block sequel, an American remake, as well as a TV series. This is all just early, preliminary chatter though, so it’s too soon to tell which way the property might go. And Cornish definitely wants to do something different before he goes back to this universe, so don’t get too excited yet. But it for sure sounds like he wants to allow Attack the Block to live on in some other form eventually, and it seems like there’s actually studio people interested in the idea as well. Too cool.
According to Cornish, one reasons talk of a sequel keeps popping up is that the star of the original film, John Boyega, keeps coming up with new ideas for what they can do. He described one of the coolest by saying, “He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, next to the houses of Parliament. No, his image was even better, he had an image of Moses on a police horse. You know the police in London who have those horses they use in riots… somehow Moses has got onto one of those horses. So he’s on a horse leading this army of South London kids across the river to take on this bigger wave of aliens. So yeah it’s really fun to think of stuff like that and what we could do.” That sounds pretty neat to me. But it’s a slippery slope as well. One of the best things about Attack the Block was that it was a throwback to practical effects and old fashioned movie-magic trickery. I wouldn’t want to see it get a big budget and look like every other blockbuster out there. Cornish seems to have a pretty good idea of what made his movie work though, so I think he could do big well. I’ll now be listening very closely for any more rumblings about these guys getting back to work. Fingers crossed.