Briefly: One of the biggest surprise hits of 2013 was The Purge, James DeMonaco‘s small-budget thriller about a future where the U.S. legalizes all crime on one night each year. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey starred. After a massive opening weekend, a sequel was quickly announced and now that sequel has a release date.
Universal Pictures is currently calling it “The next chapter of The Purge” and it’ll be released June 20, 2014. While no cast, returning or otherwise, has been announced, DeMonaco will return to write and direct along with producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and others.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Universal put a second The Purge film in motion almost the moment the first one opened, because that’s the kind of thing a studio does when a $3 million horror flick rakes in ten times that on opening weekend alone. But progress has been pretty quiet since then, until now.
Original writer/director James DeMonaco is set to return for the sequel, which is once again set up at Universal with Jason Blum‘s Blumhouse Productions and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes producing. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.
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The Purge opened last Friday and handily won the weekend, taking twice the coin of the next most potent competitor, The Internship. The Purge cost $3m to make and earned $34m, meaning that a sequel was almost inevitable. Add to that fact a tax rebate from the state of California, which will refund quite a big chunk of the sequel’s production budget, and producer Jason Blum has a big thumbs-up to make The Purge 2. Which is why his company tweeted the following:
We don’t know whether or not writer/director James De Monaco will return, or which of the cast members of the original will be back. Some of them can’t return, but we won’t spoil which ones. Read More »
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