Now this is how you celebrate the 10th anniversary of a movie’s release. Writer-director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega are going back to the block for a sequel to 2011’s Attack the Block, a perfect movie about teens in London fending off an alien invasion. Presumably those strange furry aliens are going to try again, though plot details have not yet been released.
When it was first released, Attack the Block didn’t make the splash it should have, but its enthusiastic fans have elevated it to cult status. (Everyone who loves this movie has introduced at least a dozen other people to its charms. That’s just facts.) In the decade since its release, Boyega has become a huge star via the Star Wars franchise and his role in Pacific Rim: Uprising, while also taking on dramatic roles like his recent turn in Small Axe. Two of his Block co-stars also went on to further SFF adventures: Franz Drameh as Jefferson Jackson on The Flash and other Arrowverse shows, and Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor on Doctor Who.
Cornish, though, has kept a fairly low profile; he co-wrote Ant-Man and The Adventures of Tintin and wrote and directed the sweet but underseen The Kid Who Would Be King. It was recently announced that his next project will be adapting Mark Millar’s Starlight—but one can certainly hope Attack the Block 2 takes priority.
This time around, Boyega is producing as well as starring. There’s no word yet on whether any of the rest of the cast (those who survived the first invasion, that is) will return. If you haven’t seen the first film yet, it doesn’t currently seem to be streaming anywhere, but can be rented on the usual platforms.
When there’s any more news on this sequel, we’ll be shouting about it.