A decade following Joe Cornish’s exceptional sci-fi horror comedy Attack the Block (which was the film debut of Cornish, Boyega, and composer Stephen Price), fans of the iconic film finally have something new to celebrate. It was announced today that Boyega will return as character Moses in a long-awaited sequel to be produced by Studiocanal, Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures and Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions.
The original film saw Moses leading a gang of British teens when they encounter an invasion of a particularly dangerous species of pitch-black carnivorous aliens with glow-in-the-dark teeth who must be stopped at all costs. It’s a humorous and critical film with a ton of excellent action sequences, winning the Audience Award at both the Los Angeles Film Festival and SXSW.
The sequel will be written and directed by Cornish, who has commented on the new development:
“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. I can’t wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action.”
Boyega’s star has never been brighter, coming off his critically lauded turn in Steve McQueen’s BBC/Amazon Prime Small Axe series, in addition to the fan favorite role of Finn in the recently wrapped new Star Wars trilogy. In a statement, he looks forward to returning to the role that launched his career:
“It’s been a decade since Attack The Block was released and so much has changed since then,” Boyega said. “I’m excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favourite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honour.”
The original, now decade-old original surprised as a critical take on the British ‘hoodie horror’ genre, whose films (like Eden Lake, The Disappeared, and Citadel among others) typically involved hoodie-adorned antagonists from urban backgrounds preying on an unsuspecting British citizenry. The movement reflected middle-class British fears of rising unrest among working class youth. Attack the Block built off those themes, playing off and criticizing the classist (and sometimes racist) assumptions of the sub-genre. In an interview, the director explained how these assumptions were influential in the development of the film’s monsters:
“They’re all the things that the press and people call those kids, made into a monster. People call these kids monsters, they call them feral, they call them animalistic, they say they’ve got no morals or values and all they care about is territory and competitiveness. So what if there was a creature that really was like that, and then you pitted the kids against it?”
The plot of the new film has thus far not been released.