British Sci-Fi Movie Attack the Block to Invade the U.S.
04.07.11 by Ryan
After winning universal praise and the Audience Award at this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), it seemed like writer/director Joe Cornish's directorial debut, Attack the Block was never going to arrive stateside. The story follows a group of tough, South London teenagers who become unlikely heroes when they defend their neighborhood from an alien invasion, and has been compared to movies like The Goonies and Gremlins.
The problem with selling the movie in America, Cornish pointed out to an audience at SXSW, was the movie's use of British slang, which he said frightened distributors and could mean the addition of subtitles. It wasn't a problem for Sony Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper, who recently picked up the U.S. distribution rights, THR reports.
(Sony Pictures president) Steve Bersch screened this film for me and I fell completely in love with it. The film is, at once, charming, scary, funny, hip, clever and completely hits its mark. I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with these incredibly talented filmmakers.
Cornish is known more as a screenwriter, having co-written the script for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn with writer/director Edgar Wright, who produced Attack the Block.
Attack the Block opens May 13 in the U.K., but has no U.S. release date yet. Nick Frost (Paul, Shaun of the Dead) and Jodie Whittaker (One Day) headline a cast of young British actors. Check out two clips here and the trailer below.