Attack the Block’s writer and director, Joe Cornish, has discussed the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi hit, with the films front man, John Boyega. Though now a well known name, both as an actor, and an activist, it was Boyega’s first film role, and hopefully one he will want to revisit.
He wasn’t the only ‘unknown’ actor to be in Attack the Block though, the cast also included Jodie Whittaker, who later became known for her part in Broadchurch, and of course, as the first female to take on the role of The Doctor, and Franz Drameh, who joined the Arrowverse as Firestorm for the first three seasons of Legends of Tomorrow.
Cornish has also seen some impressive career progression since the 2011 sci-fi horror, having written for Steven Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and more recently once again writing and directing the modern King Arthur retelling The Kid Who Would Be King.
Cornish spoke on the podcast Script Apart, saying he ‘has ideas’ for a follow up film, adding that he contacted Boyega ‘a couple of months ago’, to talk about the possibility of a sequel. He let slip that he and Boyega have discussed ideas for a sequel since the films release, but haven’t been able to move ahead because they’ve ‘both been busy doing different things’. A fair statement, when taking into account Cornish’s projects, combined with Boyega’s work on the Star Wars franchise.
With Boyega’s recent activism, especially involving the Black Lives Matter movement, a sequel to the film couldn’t come at a better time. The topics of police brutality, unfair suspicion of young men, especially young black men, and how that increases based on class, unfortunately continue to be as relevant today as they were in 2011.
Given the social commentary, incredible monster/alien design, fantastic casting choices, and perfect writing possessed by Attack the Block, we can only hope that a sequel would boost what we’ve already seen, and tackle social issues in the same light hearted, but thought provoking, and timeless way.