For fans of the first movie, it may sound too good to be true. Attack the Block was released a decade ago. While audiences loved it, and cast members like John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker were clearly great, the box office numbers were a disappointment. However, there’s something to be said for storytellers who just love their work. That appears to be enough to make Attack the Block 2 happen.
What do we know so far? At this point, Attack the Block 2 is in the idea stage. John Boyega is now a big star with a busy schedule. Star Wars fame has filled his upcoming projects list. Still, he made time to sit down with director Joe Cornish. During a recent interview with EW Cornish recapped an evening the pair the pair spent going over ideas for just what the story could be.
Of course, this means the story is in the earliest stages of development. There is no talk of funding or how Attack the Block 2 would be made yet. What’s great here is the fact that the idea is still around and considered viable. That the creator is interested. And at this point, it really says something that John Boyega is interested in the project with his busy schedule. To do a sequel now with Boyega and Whittaker’s fame would mean better chances for reaching a wider audience, even with a sequel. Today, Attack the Block is available on streaming. In the United States, it can currently be watched on both Hulu and Amazon Prime. It’s on many lists of the best sci-fi movies around. The story has become a cult classic. With that momentum built over a decade, why not go for Attack the Block 2?
While John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker have gained success in the industry since Attack the Block first released, Joe Cornish’s career has been a touch quieter. As a writer, he’s worked on Ant Man and other major productions. As a director, he’s only released one film since Attack the Block. Something his directorial efforts have in common is their history of performing poorly at the box office while being hits with an audience. While there may be many reasons for that we can’t know, it seems apparent the director needs more marketing funding for Attack the Block 2 to gain wider attention this go around.
Attack the Block was made on a budget of $13 million. It earned a little over $6 million at the box office. At the time, the cast was full of unknown names. John Boyega had only appeared in four episodes of the television series Becoming Human. This was an indie movie with a different story than many had seen. The movie follows thugs in south London. It’s a crime drama, but it’s also the story of an alien invasion. With the blending of genres and the south London slang, many had their doubts about how well the film would land with an American audience.
Those concerns seemed to have been unfounded. Audiences reacted well when the movie premiered in Austin, Texas for SXSW. Today, there are many who’d love to see Attack the Block 2 happen. With the popularization of streaming services helping original stories to stay relevant longer or become fresh again, it seems like it’s never too late to make the awesome follow-up fans are hungry for.