Director Joe Cornish Discusses Possible ATTACK THE BLOCK Sequel Ideas; Confirms He’s Been Approached for American Remake and Spin-Off

     October 14, 2011


Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block pretty much amazed everyone who go the chance to see it this year. Throughout its numerous special screenings and limited theatrical run, it captivated audiences with its of-kilter alien invasion story set in South London. Given that the film is so loved by the people, naturally there’s been talk of possible sequels. At this summer’s Comic-Con, Cornish revealed that producer Edgar Wright had come up with an idea for the sequel, though he was remiss to reveal just what the idea entailed. However, the film’s star John Boyega has been coming up with ideas of his own, and recently Cornish revealed what Boyega would have in store for the characters if he had his way. Hit the jump to find out what it was, and for Cornish’s comments on a possible American remake and TV show spinoff.

attack-the-block-movie-imageSpeaking with IFC, Cornish said that Boyega keeps coming up with “amazing ideas” for a possible sequel that find his character Moses in a very powerful position:

“He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, next to the houses of Parliament. He had an image of Moses on a police horse. You know the police in London who have those horses they use in riots…somehow Moses has got onto one of those horses. So he’s on a horse leading this army of South London kids across the river to take on this bigger wave of aliens. So yeah it’s really fun to think of stuff like that and what we could do.”

It goes without saying that a sequel to Attack the Block is not officially in development. Though Cornish did confirm that they’ve been approached about the possibility. In fact, they’ve been approached to take the story in a variety of directions:

“We’ve had approaches for a remake and a sequel. We’ve had approaches for a TV show to spin off it. But it’s very early days, you know. So it’s not out of the question but very early days, and I’d certainly like to do something different for my next thing if I get a chance to do a next thing.”

So it sounds like Cornish and Co. are currently mulling over their options. Personally, I think a TV spin off on a network like AMC or HBO would be pretty fantastic. Some of the best storytelling is currently taking place on cable television, so it would be cool to see what Cornish could do with the medium. Hopefully we’ll hear official word on what direction the director will be taking his property relatively soon.

Here’s video of the interview where Cornish talks about the sequel ideas/remake:

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  • Pablo

    Please Joe Cornish, don’t let Hollywood ruin something that’s F@*KING AWESOME. You know that’s what they’ll do. They’ll put some no name CW crappy actors, maybe some dance sceens, and make everyone thugged out. It will be horrible. Look what they did with foot loose. As soon as I thought it couldn’t get any worse then the original, they go and screw it up. Your movie became a cult classic the instant it was released.

  • pr0jecktpat

    Some things just need to be left alone.

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  • Thierry

    Was the English really that hard to understand for the US that a remake is needed here? I’m from Holland and even I could follow this.

    Besides that, don’t see how any amount of Hollywood money could enhance or even recapture the intensity of Attack the Block in a remake attempt.

    Many people say you can always choose nót to see a remake. True as that may be, it does take up time of creative talent that would otherwise be working on new and original material.

    I do agree with Adam’s remark that “Some of the best storytelling is currently taking place on cable television”. Love Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire, so a cable (!) television adaptation would not be that bad of an idea I guess.

  • Alex

    I honestly hope they don’t make a tv show out of this. It was an awesome movie and if they use the same characters and actors a sequel might be fine, but a tv show will ruin it. I hope they don’t destroy this movie

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  • beetleborg33

    I want a sequel to happen now