It’s been six years since the release of Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. In that time he has worked on the screenplays for The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man (and been attached to a coupleprojects), but fans of that directorial debut have been anxious for a follow-up. Well, we’re finally going to get one next year, and it sounds like something that will please all of us who love his 2011 Amblin-inspired sci-fi comedy.
The Playlist got hold of a casting call for The Kid Who Would Be King, which Cornish is set to direct, so apparently this little-known project is moving ahead with plans to begin shooting in late summer. According to the announcement, which calls for boys and girls aged 10-15, it will be “a family fantasy action-adventure movie about a band of young kids embarking on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.”
Whether that’s modern-day kids fighting some villain from the Middle Ages or it’s completely set in medieval times is unclear (they’re casting any ethnicities, implying the former), but either way the Playlist seems spot-on with the description sounding like The Goonies meets Game of Thrones. We could throw in Time Bandits, The NeverEnding Story and, of course, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court.
Considering Attack the Block (which gave Star Wars‘ John Boyega his breakout gig) also had a kind of Goonies and Gremlins thing going on, Cornish is doing a bit of the same here, just with sword-and-sorcery stuff instead of aliens. The Kid Who Would Be King might be a little more family friendly than his previous movie, though if it’s handled as well that shouldn’t be a turnoff for older audiences.
The Kid Who Would Be King is due in theaters September 28, 2018.