The cult classic sci-fi film Attack The Block came out in 2011 amidst a new wave of creature features with plucky kids fighting aliens. (See also Super 8, which came out the same year.) The film was a critical success, starring a pre – Star Wars John Boyega, and Jodie Whitaker before she became Doctor Who. Now director Joe Cornish may be returning to Attack The Block in a sequel.
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An Attack The Block Sequel Could Be Coming
“We’ve got ideas,” Cornish says about a potential sequel to Attack The Block. “I met with John a couple of months ago to talk about it. We’ve always had ideas after the first one. But obviously we’ve both been busy doing different things.” Since it has been nearly a decade since the release of the film, Cornish feels that a sequel should reflect how much (or how little) has changed in that time. “In a way, the longer you leave it, the more interesting it is,” he explains. “So that’s all I’ll say.”
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Cornish also spoke about the relevance of the film’s message in the wake of global protests around Black Lives Matter. Actor John Boyega gained international attention after he gave a passionate speech at a protest in Hyde Park earlier this month. Boyega’s speech and the current circumstances have led many (including yours truly) to watch the film for the first time. Often, viewers do not find what they expect when watching the film.
Cornish says that when Attack The Block came out “It put a lot of people’s backs up, because it has a very unusual protagonist and arc… It’s wonderful that people are revisiting the film… Most of all, it’s a moment for John, and it’s a moment for hopefully some social change. To be a tiny little part of something that I hope is much, much bigger is exciting.”
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.