Joe Cornish and John Boyega have announced a follow-up to their 2011 alien invasion flick, which was set on a London council estate
Though the announcement of a belated sequel is usually something to be taken with a degree of trepidation, it's impossible to feel anything other than pure glee over the news that Attack the Block, Joe Cornish's brilliantly witty 2011 alien invasion film, is getting a follow-up. Better still, John Boyega, who played the lead role of Moses and whose night got properly weird when extra-terrestrials decided to land on his South London council estate, is also set to return.
“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,” said Cornish in a recent statement about the sequel's existence. “I can’t wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action.” On his own return to the world of Attack the Block, Boyega said: “Moses has remained one of my favourite characters to play, and bringing him back is a huge honour.”
John, the honour is ours! The original film, which was written and directed by Cornish, achieved an inspired alchemy in its drawing together of two disparate genres, riffing on both British street gangs flicks like Kidulthood and sci-fi classics like The Thing. Will they follow in Alien's footsteps and call this one Attack the Blocks? Yes, do. And given Boyega's own history with films about space travel, what's to stop this sequel from taking him to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to kick some alien arse? Or, you know, South London is also fine.
Attack the Block is available on various digital platforms. A release date for the sequel is yet to be announced.