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“Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish says an American remake “could be quite cool”

“Attack the Block” director Joe Cornish says an American remake “could be quite cool” (photo)

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Last Friday, we revealed that “Attack the Block” — the wildly enjoyable alien attack flick hailed in genre circles as one of the year’s best releases — was being eyed for all sorts of things: among them a sequel, a television series and an American remake. Understandably, of course, it’s that last item which tends to raise the most alarm among fans, who nervously wonder if the Hollywood machine would strip away everything that makes the original so fresh and compelling. But while many count themselves as doubters, the film’s director Joe Cornish is cautiously more optimistic.

“Attack the Block” finds a group of inner-city London youth who suddenly find themselves fending off an attack by snarling extraterrestrial creatures. The story is focused on the raging battles, of course, but the material also carries a heavy undercurrent of social issues. It’s the authenticity of the script and particularly of the three-dimensional characters that has been a driving force behind the universal acclaim, and it’s that honesty that would have to be replicated to make a Hollywood adaptation as successful as the original.

For Cornish, there’s one American product in particular that encompasses all those values, and which subsequently gives him hope that Tinseltown may be able to pull off a remake: HBO’s “The Wire.”

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“A lot of people compared the film to Series 4 of ‘The Wire’ — the one with all the corner boys and the kids,” Cornish told us while promoting the film’s October 25th DVD and Blu-ray release. “And that’s obviously very flattering comparison and that’s an amazing series and ‘Attack the Block’ is very different. But when people say that I fantasize what that would be like, and I think it could be quite cool. My only thing would be to make it with integrity.”

Like those behind the HBO series, Cornish worked hard to accurately portray his characters and the lives they inhabit and considers that determination crucial to the film. “We worked very hard in ‘Attack the Block’ to include the young actors and we did a lot of research and tried to get the language right and the details of the real world right,” explained Cornish.

But when all’s said and done, Cornish is realistic that an American remake of “Attack the Block” could go either way, and he’s leaving an open mind. “I don’t rule anything out really. Movie history is full of bad sequels and good sequels and bad remakes and good remakes. ‘Aliens’ is an incredible sequel. I remember seeing that as a kid and thinking there’s no way they could get better than ‘Alien.’ And then watching it and going ‘Fuck, this is incredible.’ so anything’s possible.”

Tell us your own thoughts of an American remake of “Attack the Block” below, or on Facebook or Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.