The long-wished for Attack The Block sequel is finally happening. The 2011 British sci-fi/comedy/horror film didn’t perform strongly at the box office, but quickly developed a cult following, and launched the career of John Boyega, who went on to be a key cog in the latest Star Wars trilogy. But he’s not forgotten where he came from, and is returning for the sequel.
Boyega will reprise his role as Moses, while director Joe Cornish is also returning. Boyega said in a statement: “It’s been a decade since Attack The Block was released and so much has changed since then. I’m excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favourite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honour”.
The first film revolved around a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from predatory alien invaders on a council estate in South London on Guy Fawkes Night. The film caught the eye of J.J. Abrams, and was the main reason he cast Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Plot details for the sequel are currently under wraps. Boyega will also produced the film through his UpperRoom Productions Banner alongside Nira Park and James Wilson, both of whom produced the first movie.
Curiously, Cornish has only directed one film since: 2019’s family fantasy movie The Kid Who Would Be King.
He has co-written big films such as The Adventures Of Tintin and Ant-Man, and was reportedly even offered some high profile directing opportunities, but perhaps the right gig never really came along, although he did recently sign on to helm an adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic, Starlight.
Cornish said in his own statement: “I’m thrilled we’re officially announcing our return to the world of Attack The Block on the tenth anniversary of the film’s release. I can’t wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action”.
We’ll see what the sequel has in store. With what’s likely a bigger budget than the £8 million they worked with ten years ago, and a decade of technological advancement, the action could be a lot bigger this time around.