John Boyega may have risen to superstardom with his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but for many, their first introduction to the actor was in 2011, when he first demonstrated a knack for tackling threats from a galaxy far, far away. That film was Attack the Block, written and directed by Joe Cornish who co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin and worked on the screenplay for Marvel’s Ant-Man with Edgar Wright prior to the behind-the-scenes maneuverings that resulted in them both leaving the project. Boyega’s role as Moses, the street-tough teenager who helps fight off an alien invasion, was a star-making performance that clearly opened up a lot of doors for him in the film industry.
Now that Boyega’s become one of the most sought-after young actors in Hollywood, his attachment to any project – no matter how early or ambiguous the details may be – is reason enough to get people’s attention. Recently, the actor announced that he had the opportunity to meet with Cornish to discuss a new project they’re both keen to begin work on. That has many speculating the two are planning a return to the Block, so to speak, with a sequel to Attack the Block, though Cornish’s slate of as-yet-unproduced projects could mean the two will reteam for something else instead.
Saw Joe Cornish the other day. Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 25, 2016
Still, Attack the Block 2 is one of the more likely choices to consider, as it won rave reviews upon its release and soon after, Cornish gave interviews in which he spoke about Boyega’s enthusiasm for a sequel and the ideas that he’d come up with regarding certain aspects of the plot. Just after the film’s release, Cornish told Collider:
“[Boyega] has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures. And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, next to the houses of Parliament.”
While that sounds fairly similar to the plot of the recent Independence Day: Resurgence, a possible sequel to Attack the Block would have the advantage of a much smaller span of time between sequels and the unique creative sensibilities of not only Cornish, Boyega, but also possibly the rest of the cast, which included Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), and Luke Treadaway (Fortitude) among others. And if the first Attack the Block was lauded for anything, it was its originality and subversion of certain sci-fi tropes as they pertain to your typical alien-invasion storyline.
But while an Attack the Block sequel would be music to ears of that film’s many fans, as EW reports, Cornish was to direct the period spy-thriller Section 6 with Money Monster star Jack O’Connell attached to star. That film stalled due to some legal problems that have now been resolved. Additionally, Cornish is currently attached to write and direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, so either films may be on the table. Given Boyega’s schedule as of late, one that includes providing his voice talent for a new Watership Down series, not to mention roles in Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about the Detroit Riots, and a starring role in Pacific Rim 2, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what it is he and Cornish are cooking up.
A quick glimpse at the hashtag Boyega used in his tweet, though, suggests the two are working on something that is neither a sequel nor an unproduced film mired in legal woes. In fact it seems to suggest the project will be something entirely new (as in not an established IP), which considering what they accomplished with Attack the Block, might be the most exciting part of this news.