The blockbuster horror film franchise “The Purge” is branching out into television.
Writer/director James DeMonaco revealed to CinemaBlend that an “interwoven anthology” is in development as a potential 10-episode TV event. “My idea is that you do six or seven storylines,” he said. “And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.”
Debuting in 2013 with “The Purge,” the low-budget franchise is set in a dystopian future where, to calm social unrest, the totalitarian U.S. government establishes a 12-hour event called “The Purge,” in which any crime — including murder — is legal, and all police and emergency services are suspended.
DeMonaco said he likes the idea of producing a TV series rather than a movie because it gives the audience more time to get into the mind of a Purger.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The original film, which grossed $89.3 million worldwide on a $3 million budget, was followed in 2014 by “The Purge: Anarchy” and in 2016 by “The Purge: Election Year.” The movies have earned a combined $314.6 million at the global box office.
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