October 3, 2016

The Purge breaks into TV

We all know about the Purge. If you somehow missed it, here’s a brief explanation:

There’s been two movies so far that deal with this concept, with a third film on the way.

Yeah, that one might be hitting a little too close to home given the insanity of this year’s election.

Still, good news for Purge fans: looks like the movie is going to get a television show.

“They came to me about a TV show,” James DeMonaco said. He’s the writer/director behind the franchise.  “My idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks. 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. 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.”

Easily. And that sounds much more interesting than the movies have been. Now, if only one of the networks would confirm that this is, in fact, a thing that is happening…

James also has some interesting things to say about a potential fourth film:

“I don’t think I’ll direct it,” he continues. “I would actually go back and I would try to talk about how it all started. That seems the natural next chapter in this, is to say, ‘Alright, we’ve done this trilogy. We see how it got to this point of someone trying to end it – this presidential figure. Now let’s go back and see how the f–k all this came about.’ How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year? I think there’s something interesting in that. I don’t think I’ll direct… I’m thinking of maybe writing or at least producing it, to make sure it stays true to what I like about the movies.”

Fair enough.

The third movie hits the home video market later this week.


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