As we’ve mentioned before, 2011 is the year of the alien. We’ve already seen I am Number Four invade theaters and Battle: Los Angeles is set for a hostile box office take over – just one week from now.
But just when you thought the alien-invasion trope was wearing out its welcome, comes another genre satire from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hott Fuzz, Nira Park and James Wilson – with alien action-comedy, Attack the Block.
Attack the Block is helmed by British comedian Joe Cornish – whose directorial credits have previously been limited to TV projects. That said, he’s no stranger to feature films – co-writing a version of the Ant-Man film as well as penning a draft of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (both with friend Edgar Wright).
Additionally, as an actor, Cornish appeared as Bob in Hott Fuzz as well as “Zombie Shot by Soldiers” in Shaun of the Dead.
Here’s the synopsis for Attack the Block (via the film’s Facebook Page):
“From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes Attack the Block, a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space.”
While the film’s stars will undoubtedly be the crew of teenage anti-heroes, Attack the Block also features Jodie Whittaker acting scared (as usual) and a cameo appearance by Nick Frost, acting bizarre (as usual).
Check out the hilarious Attack the Block trailer below:
Attack the Block doesn’t appear to have the same refined satirical sensibilities as its spiritual predecessors Hott Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but the upcoming film’s over-the-top acting, B-movie CGI aliens, and South London accents hint at film that could rival other high-profile cheese-fests (full of timeless quotes and outrageous moments) along the lines of Snakes on a Plane.
Attack the Block will debut at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival – which kicks-off next Friday.
Attack the Block hits theaters in the UK on May 11th but no US release date has been set at this time.