Writer and director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) appeared at the 2011 Comic-Con to help promote the British sci-fi import Attack the Block that Wright produced and Joe Cornish wrote and directed, but he couldn't escape without getting questioned about the Marvel Comics adaptation of Ant-Man that he is scripting with Cornish.
The two have been working on the script for years now, with the second draft reportedly delivered to Marvel in April and, soon after, receiving a compliment from Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige, who called it the "best draft yet." However, earlier this month, Cornish revealed that he and Wright were back at work writing the script. During Comic-Con, Wright told MTV they had finished yet another draft of the screenplay. what did wright say about Ant-Man? >> Posted 07.26.11 by Ryan
Writer-director Joe Cornish's debut feature, Attack the Block, was an unknown quantity in the U.S. before it debuted at this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), where it received almost universal praise from all who saw it. Shortly thereafter, the success at SXSW helped the sci-fi movie receive U.S. distribution.
Produced by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Block follows a gang of tough, South London kids who encounter an alien one night and kill it. More aliens come after them, and the kids are forced to protect their neighborhood from the sudden alien invasion.
Last month, Sony Screen Gems released a red band trailer that celebrated the movie's limited release date in the U.S. Now, with the release a little over a week away, the studio has released a brand new trailer that highlights the large amount of praise the movie has received from various sites and movie festivals, as well as a new preview clip. watch the trailer and clip >> Posted 07.21.11 by Ryan
Comic book movie fans were elated when Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), announced back in April that he and co-writer Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had finally finished the long-awaited second draft of their planned Ant-Man adaptation for Marvel Studios. The project has been in development for five years and the completion of the draft was thought to be a sign that the movie might soon go into production.
Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. Even though Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige called the script the "best draft yet" last month, it apparely still wasn't good enough because Cornish recently revealed to IAmRogue that he and Wright were back to work on the script, "just drafting and drafting." Cornish also explained that he is "just a humble writer" on Ant-Man and would not be co-directing with Wright. what is Ant-Man about? >> Posted 07.10.11 by BrentJS
If one were to describe writer-director Joe Cornish's debut feature, Attack the Block, you could say it's the British version of the recently released Super 8 in that both movies have a group of kids encounter a creature and both are inspired by the youth-oriented movies of the 1980s. Unlike Super 8, however, the kids in Attack the Block are hooligans who kill the alien they find, leading more aliens to attack their South London neighborhood.
Also setting the two movies apart, Super 8 never had a red band trailer. The new trailer celebrates Attack the Block's recently announced limited release date of July 29th. Attack the Block scored U.S. distribution after premiering at this year's South by Southwest Festival, where it received almost universal praise. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.16.11 by Ryan
Writer-director Joe Cornish's Attack the Block is gearing up for its U.K. release; Empire has released a new poster for the occasion. A hit at this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Attack the Block won the SXSW Audience Award and near universal praise for Cornish's directorial debut. The festival helped win the movie U.S. distribution, though no release date has been set yet.
While Cornish has co-written the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and the in-development Ant-Man with Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright (who produced Attack the Block), Cornish started his career as a comedian on the BBC sketch show The Adam and Joe Show. It's taken a decade for Cornish to finally make his first movie, but Cornish explained to The Skinny that he was "just waiting till I was ready."
Cornish gets mugged; Basement Jaxx release a track >> Posted 05.09.11 by Ryan
My life is littered with abandoned first acts. It took writing with Edgar Wright on Ant-Man to give me a hands-on screenwriting course. Not from the ground up, hopefully, but it gave me the courage and confidence to work something through from beginning to end.
British sci-fi import Attack the Block had a strong U.S. debut at this year's South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), earning universal praise, the SXSW Audience Award, and, eventually, U.S. distribution.
Attack the Block is the feature debut from writer/director Joe Cornish, who, along with Edgar Wright (who produced Attack the Block), co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The movie follows a group of teens defending themselves during an alien invasion and has drawn comparisons to The Goonies and Gremlins, which is somewhat easy to see in the movie's synopsis.
Set on a council estate in South London on Bonfire night, the film follows a gang of youths, Moses (John Boyega), Pest (Alex Esmail), Dennis (Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). While they are mugging nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker), a fiery object falls from the sky, crashing through the roof of a parked car near them. When they investigate, they discover a creature who was part of the meteor and kill it. Soon more aliens follow and the gang have to defend themselves from them.
The Guardian (via SlashFilm) debuted the latest trailer, which not only shows the movie's story, but features the soundtrack from English house duo Basement Jaxx. watch the videos >> Posted 04.23.11 by Ryan
In January, writer-director Edgar Wright admitted that he and co-writer Joe Cornish were going back to work on another draft of their comic book adaptation of Ant-Man for Marvel Studios. While attending the South by Southwest Festival in March, Cornish admitted they were "currently working on it" and Wright said "at some point we’ll finish the script." True to their word, they did. script's done, what's next? >> Posted 04.11.11 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. Watch the trailer >> Posted 04.07.11 by Ryan
U.S. distribution may still elude writer/director Joe Cornish's British sci-fi movie Attack the Block, but excellent online reviews and an ongoing stream of promotional items do not. A trailer was released around the time of the South by Southwest Festival, with a poster was released last month. Now, Empire has released two, new preview clips from the movie.
Produced by Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World writer/director Edgar Wright, Attack the Block follows a group of South London kids who stumble across an alien, kill it, and then have to defend their neighborhood against the aliens who seek revenge. The first clip, First Kill, show the kids' first encounter with the alien, and then in the second clip, Peep Hole, an alien attack once the kids are back in their apartment building. watch the clips >> Posted 04.04.11 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. Watch the trailer >> Posted 03.23.11 by Ryan