The cult horror franchise The Purge is set to become A TV series.
With three super successful films, it’s no surprise that the story of a murderous totalitarian America would extend to television screens.
Set in a dystopian world, where The New Founding Fathers of America, a violent and corrupt American regime allow violence to reign supreme one night a year, in order to rid the world of the lower classes. The story is high-concept metaphor which keenly reflects the current political climate in the United States and growing tensions throughout the world.
The movie studio Blumhouse which is behind The Purge movies and others including Sinister and the wildly acclaimed Get Out – has created its very own TV production company called Blumhouse Television launched alongside ITV.
The Purge show which will feature on American networks USA and Syfy and is the company’s first project out the gate.
What can we expect from The Purge on TV? We’ve listed some topics worth considering before it creeps onto our screens soon.
How violent will it be?
The Purge films are centred primarily around violence and therefore are bloody as all get out. A move to US networks like USA and SyFy is tricky considering they aren’t as freewheeling as premium cable channels like HBO, FX, AMC, and Showtime. Perhaps The Walking Dead has set a different precedent, and now anything goes on network television. Hopefully, this will ring true for Purge the series; there is something strangely alluring about the art of terror. The Purge films do this very well. Here’s hoping we see it in the show.
Will Frank Grillo be in it?
Word is he’s not game to do the fourth Purge film coming out next year unless director and writer James DeMonaco is involved. Considering that DeMonaco is going to be working on the series, Grillo might just jump on board. His character Sergeant Leo Barnes is the driving force behind the last two films and arguably made Anarchy the quality entertainment it was.
He brings a gritty 80’s vibe to the narrative and is a much-needed hero in a night of evil. When we last saw Barnes, he was the head of secret service for the newly elected president Charlie Roan, who is facing backlash for outlawing the Purge. Surely he’d be a vital component in the story?
What about the Candy Girls?
Parent-killing Kimmy and her gang were pretty terrifying in The Purge: Election Year cruising around town in their fairy-light covered coupe blasting Miley Cyrus. Despite meeting a grisly end, we’re hoping they bring back a version of this bunch; they were cool.
What format will it take?
James DeMonaco gave a huge teaser a couple of months ago regarding how he would break up the 12-hour Purge into a series. His first plan is to reduce the time to ten hours over ten 90 minute episodes.
He explained his reason for this to CinemaBlend, “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,”
No word yet on when the series will premiere, but we can’t wait for the final result.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.