After reading all the positive reviews of Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, we knew it was just a matter of time before its US distribution rights were snapped up, and today we know who has acquired them. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought the film, and its genre label, Screen Gems, will act as distributor.
The 2011 SXSW Midnighter/SXFantastic Audience Award winning film Attack the Block stars Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost. It was produced by Nira Park and James Wilson through the Big Talk Pictures banner.
“Joe has created a piece of work we know the masses will enjoy, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to a larger stage through Screen Gems,” SPWA prexy Steve Bersch said in a statement released by Variety.
Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper added: “The film is, at once, charming, scary, funny, hip, clever and completely hits its mark.”
No US release date has been set yet, but keep it here for more as it comes.
Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And weapon-wielding teenage thugs into heroes. Think ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 only with monsters and a tower block. Or LA HAINE crossed with ALIENS. It’s inner city versus outer space.
Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she’s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She’s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.
While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors falls. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade, and nothing will stand in their way. THE ESTATE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A BATTLEGROUND. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block’s, only hope.
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