Attack the Block to Get a Sequel, Remake?

Attack the Block to Get a Sequel, Remake?

Alien invasion could be coming to a neighborhood near you.

Published October 19, 2011

Attack the trailer park? Attack the projects? Attack the gated community? The possibilities are endless when it comes to a sequel or remake to this year's best alien invasion film, Attack the Block, and now it looks like director Joe Cornish may soon have his chance. IFC News reports that "several options for the franchise are now on the table" for the UK sci-fi indie, "including a sequel, a television series and an American remake."


Studios may be foaming at the mouth to get their hands on the film, arguably one of the most inventive of its genre in years, but lead actor John Boyega may be pushing it harder than anyone. "[He] keeps coming up with amazing ideas," says Cornish of Boyega. "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." 


The original film, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March and then opened in a few US cities this summer, finds a gang of inner-city London youth suddenly embroiled in an interstellar conflict as dozens of snarling, ape-like aliens crash land around their hood. The movie developed a cult following almost immediately, and was regaled by critics for its lo-fi creativity and tight storytelling. 


Talk of a sequel or remake seems imminent (Boyega is clearly ready to jump on board), but Cornish isn't getting ahead of himself. "We've had approaches for a remake and a sequel. We've had approaches for a TV show to spin off it. But it's very early days, you know. So it's not out of the question but very early days, and I'd certainly like to do something different for my next thing if I get a chance to do a next thing."

(Photo: Courtesy Studio Canal/ Film4 Productions)

Written by Smriti Mundhra


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