The Purge

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We’ve had to accept that sequels and remakes are a part of every-day life. We also have to live with the fact that most sequels never really live up to the quality and success of its predecessor. One of the rare exceptions is James’ DeMonaco’s film franchise THE PURGE, which has managed to bring in higher box office totals in each of its subsequent entries. Now it looks like the world of legal murder is getting ready to take the next logical evolution, that of the small screen.

Speaking to Cinema Blend, when asked about the possibility of the world of THE

PURGE coming to the small screen, DeMarco said:

“Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up. Yes! Not an anthology… I guess kind of an anthology — more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.”

The move actually makes sense for THE PURGE. The first film was a small, contained home invasion film with hints of what the world was like. The second and third opened up by expanding on the mythos and a healthy dose of world building, the ideas of class warfare and political factions being exposed and examined.

THE PURGE takes place in a future United States where all crime, including murder, is legal for a single 12-hour period every year. With all the story possibilities embedded in the world, taking it from single 90-minute films to an episodic format makes total sense.

Of the move to a different format and the possibilities, DeMarco commented:

“The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that’s gone haywire on this night, but let’s show everything that’s led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife — the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems. It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.”

He also indicated that the development on the TV side was “far ahead,” and deals and money are being worked out now. THE PURGE would join other horror films such as THE EVIL DEAD, THE EXORCIST, PSYCHO, and SCREAM as TV series, among a recent renaissance of horror television.

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The latest entry in the franchise, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 4th.

Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found on Twitter @smegghed, and on his genre film blog and podcast at filmguild.net.

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