New Poster For British Sci-Fi Movie Attack the Block
03.23.11 by Ryan
SlashFilm has debuted the new poster for writer/director Joe Cornish's sci-fi movie Attack the Block, which recently screened at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) to extremely positive reviews. Executive produced by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Attack the Block follows a gang of teens that fight off an alien invasion without having much access to weapons.
Despite being universally beloved, Attack the Block still lacks U.S. distribution, which Cornish has explained is due to the use of British slang in the movie, which has frightened off American distributors. A report from THR, released prior to SXSW, reveals that there is "talk of having subtitles for any North American release." Another possibility is grabbing the U.S. rights and remaking the movie for an American audience. After the SXSW screening, The LA Times reports that Cornish revealed that he felt distributors "underestimate" audiences.
My gut feeling is maybe they underestimate you guys. With 20 years of hip-hop culture, with The Wire, did you feel this was difficult? No? Well, tell your local distributors that that's the case.
1996's Trainspotting was released in the U.S. with subtitles,and still became a success. However, check out the trailer for Attack the Block and see if the dialogue is actually an issue.
Attack the Block opens on May 13 in the U.K. Nick Frost (Paul), Luke Treadaway (Clash of the Titans), and Jodie Whittaker (One Day) co-star.