Attack The Block artwork and extended synopsis for Joe Cornish’s feature debut

This post contains spoilers.

Attack the Block is one of the films that Joe Cornish has been writing.  It was finally snapped up last year in a basket of impressive new work taken on by Film4. It will also be one of the first features to come out of the collaboration between Optimum and Big Talk Productions. Joe is now directing it which is the main reason for their extended leave from 6 Music.

Attack The Block artwork

Twitch Film have posted the sales artwork (see above) from the European Film Market  and a much more detailed synopsis

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, with they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. 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.

Slash Film have put together another informative post with all the latest additions from the IMDB. Happily for us, Slash’s Brendon Connelly is keen to grab as much information as he can about this production so he should  be able to keep us well informed.

Update: Adam Leese tweeted some more news yesterday: "Reading Attack the Block script for 1st read through tomorrow. Looking forward to working with Nick Frost."