The Purge Could Become a TV Series


With The Purge: Election Year hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, there has been a bit of speculation about what the future might hold for the horror franchise. The third film was the highest grossing installment so far, which would seem to indicate that there is still some life left in it. However, the third film also completes the trilogy by answering several questions about the origin of The Purge. Director James DeMonaco has stated that if a fourth movie happens, it will probably be a prequel. However, he has also revealed that there have been discussions about a potential TV series based in The Purge universe. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“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 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.”

He also indicated that talks about the possible TV show are pretty far along and that deals are being negotiated. It seems like a perfect fit to me, I guess the only question is whether it might interfere with or perhaps tie in to a possible movie sequel (or prequel). It does seem like the number of stories you can tell are unlimited… at least until people get tired of the whole premise, I suppose. What do you think, would you watch a TV show based on The Purge?

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  • Jonny Ashley

    The Purge Election Year felt like VOD trash that found its way onto the big screen. A dedicated TV series with this concept might be more interesting though.