In a couple weeks Joe Cornish's Attack the Block hits DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S., and then hopefully the British sci-fi flick, which is already worthy of cult status, will be met with widespread fanatisicm. The time to wonder if it needs subtitles or not is past, since home video will give you a personal choice. Also, the time to wonder why the Edgar Wright-produced '80s throwback didn't do well in theaters is also gone. Now we just let it grow and live on where it can, like we did with Wright's own Shaun of the Dead.
But will that ongoing life include offspring, such as a sequel or a TV series or a clone -- I mean a remake? Speaking to IFC at the New York Comic-Con today, Cornish let out hints that all three are in early stages, even providing us with the following image, concocted by Attack actor John Boyega ("Moses"), from a potential follow-up that would broaden the scope of action to the entire city of London:
"He 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."
"No, his image was even better," Cornish continued. "He had an image of Moses on a police horse. You know the police in London who have those horses they use in riots...somehow Moses has got onto one of those horses. So he's on a horse leading this army of South London kids across the river to take on this bigger wave of aliens. So yeah it's really fun to think of stuff like that and what we could do."
I guess the U.S. remake would solve the slang issue, as well, and fit with Hollywood's obsession with redoing every last fantastic foreign festival hit, especially if the original doesn't do enormous business in domestic release. And the practice isn't limited to non-English-language titles, either. As long as we're still expected to see a condensed rehash of the Red Riding trilogy, this isn't shocking. Anyway, as much as the core devout fans will protest, I really could see an American version being at least as well-appropriated as the Let the Right One In remake. Hooligans in the U.S are a different enough breed than those in the UK to allow a fresh take.
But if they're also looking at plans for a sequel and spin-off, the franchising on the property gets a bit crazy. Will there then be a remake of the British sequel and an American version of the British TV series (another non-rare thing these days, anyway)? Can the different versions all be tied together in a way that they can all be connected together leading to a single unified world? Maybe the aliens land in different spots and we're following each invasion separately? I'm anxious to see how they handle this, if they even go forward with any let alone all three directions.