One of the most buzzed about movies of the year is Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. Following its premiere at SXSW (where the film played like gangbusters), the flick has been hosting advance screenings across the country. Matt loved it, and so did Bill and Steve. Cornish and producer Edgar Wright, as well as star John Boyega were present at Comic-Con today for the film’s Hall H panel and we were there to cover. To sum up, I must see this movie as soon as humanly possible. In addition to Attack the Block, Wright gave updates on Ant-Man and the third film in his “Cornetto Trilogy” with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Hit the jump for my recap.
The panel kicked off with the fantastic red-band trailer for the film, which you can check out here. Wright, charming as ever, began by apologizing that his English accent isn’t as sexy as Kate Beckinsale’s. He then proceeded to recount how he and Cornish met in a DVD store and have been friends and collaborators ever since (they recently co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin).
Star John Boyega said he was pitched on the project as an alien invasion in South London, which he thought was ridiculous. Cornish listed his influences as movies like Critters and Gremlins, and wanted to make a story about an alien who lands in the backyard of a bunch of badasses from south London.
Cornish then spoke about the lack of creativity in creature effects these days and said in creating his aliens, he wanted to go the way of practical effects combined with rotoscoping instead of simply relying on CG effects. Cornish said his template was An American Werewolf in London.
They then showed us an extended sequence from the film, though I’m remiss to describe it in full detail for fear of spoiling it for you. I will say that it was sufficiently packed to the brim with humor, scariness, and overall badassness. Needless to say, I am positively itching to finally see this film.
When asked about the status of the third film in Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost’s “Cornetto Trilogy”, the writer/director said that he and Pegg are going to start writing it next month. The director also revealed that he and Cornish just turned in the latest draft of Ant-Man on Monday. Wright was also asked if he would ever return to TV, and he said he wouldn’t rule it out.
Speaking about a possible sequel to Attack the Block, Cornish confirmed that they’ve had loads of ideas, but if they did a sequel he would want it to pick up exactly where the first one left off, citing Halloween and Halloween II.
The crowd responded hugely to the footage, and the take-away message from the panel seemed to be that everyone in Hall H who hadn’t heard about Attack the Block before was now marking its release date on their calendars. The film opens in limited release in the US on July 29th.
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