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With this year being the election year, a third entry into THE PURGE franchise couldn't have arrived at a better time. Especially when the name of the film is THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR.
Each PURGE film has earned more money than the previous, so it makes total sense that writer/director James DeMonaco's franchise will be continuing in some form or fashion.
It looks as though DeMonaco is looking to go back in time and give fans some insight on how things came to be within this particular world. Speaking to Cinema Blend, the director talked about THE PURGE 4 saying:
"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 fuck 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?"
DeMonaco adds that he would remain attached to the project as a writer and producer but is considering having someone else direct the next PURGE film.
There is also another PURGE project brewing that we could end up seeing before the next film in the form of a possible 10 hour TV series spinoff. DeMonaco says:
"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."
There you have it. THE PURGE 4 and a possible television series are both now on the table. We will keep you updated on all things THE PURGE as they unfold.
THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR comes to DVD and Blu-ray on October 4th.