John Boyega offers an update on Attack the Block 2

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It’s been a year since Attack The Block 2 was confirmed, but we can expect an update on the sequel ‘soon’, according to its star. 

Over a year ago now, it was announced that we’d be getting a sequel to the stellar 2011 sci-fi action flick,  Attack The Block.

The original Attack the Block was directed by Joe Cornish and despite not doing incredible numbers at the time of its release, has found its audience in the years since, gaining cult status as evidenced by its almost continuous presence on one streaming platform or another.

The original film marked Joe Cornish’s debut as a director and in the years since, Cornish has only helmed one more film, that being 2019’s The Kid Who Would be King. Cornish is writing the sequel, as he did with the first film. John Boyega is also set to return to his breakthrough role as Moses, and the actor recently offered an update via Deadline Hollywood as to the status of the sequel, saying:

“We’re in the lab. We’re cooking, we’re cooking. I sat down with Joe Cornish just literally a few weeks ago. So expect some news soon. We’re still in development but we’re cooking something real sweet. We’ll have something soon.”

Boyega would, of course, go on to feature in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, with Attack The Block serving as a sci-fi primer for his move into a host of science fiction movies that the actor has starred in since. Likewise, the original film also acted as a sci-fi springboard for Jodie Whittaker, who would go on to play The Doctor in Doctor Who, but it hasn’t yet been confirmed if she will be reprising the role of Sam.

The film’s original production team are returning, including Edgar Wright, with Studiocanal and Film4 once again backing the project. The first film remains a classic for its sumptuous blending of horror, comedy, science fiction and action, unsurprising really given the undoubted film geekery possessed by both Cornish and Wright.

Finally, Attack the Block had a lot to say about Britain in 2011, its themes of urban decay, xenophobia and ‘hoodie horror’, perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of a nation that was seeing violence and rioting spill onto its streets. What Cornish and his collaborators make of the current state of this nation, we don’t know but we have a sneaking suspicion that in Attack the Block 2, we’re going to find out. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it, and soon, it seems.

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