‘The Purge’ May Be Getting A TV Series

The Purge TV show

The Purge movies have been reliable moneymakers for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Platinum Dunes. Their budgets are kept low, so when they make over $100 million worldwide, they crack a nice profit. Now that this franchise is three movies in, what’s in the future for this successful series? According to director James DeMonaco, it’s television.

Below, learn more about a possible The Purge TV show in development.

DeMonaco has written and directed all three of The Purge movies, a series that continues to improve. The sequels expanded the world and feature Frank Grillo, whose shoulders are more than strong enough to carry this franchise, which is about 12 hours on one night every year where all crime is legal. The most recent sequel, The Purge: Election Year, is coming to Blu-Ray next week, and Cinemablend spoke with DeMonaco to promote the home video release. When the outlet asked if he’s considered a Purge television series, the director told them he intends on making one:

Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up. Yes! Not an anthology… I guess kind of an anthology — more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.

The reason for a Purge TV show? Besides the obvious monetary gain, DeMonaco explained the benefits of having 10 hours instead of 90 minutes to show an annual purge:

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. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.

DeMonaco added we could see the show in the next year. Right now, deals are in motion to make The Purge TV show happen. DeMonaco sounds confident the series will come to fruition, but where we could see it went undiscussed. Considering the whole concept and content of The Purge movies, a premium cable network or streaming platform are probably its best bet, but we’ll see.

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