By Ali Esquivel
The Purge horror series will continue bringing more thrills next year when the fourth installment Purge: The Island is released. Director James DeMonaco will continue as producer and writer, however the director’s chair will be occupied by Gerard McMurray. The franchise will also be brought to live in a tv series (and will be talked about and discussed here on AfterBuzz).
The Purge franchise depicts a crime-free utopian America made possible by a day of total and complete anarchy. A day when nothing is illegal including theft, rape, and murder. One may only wonder how and why anyone would sign up for this but that is precisely the focal point of the upcoming film. The film is actually a prequel of the original trilogy, it depicts the first group of guinea pigs to experience the purge. In an interview with Vulture DeMonaco explains:
“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims”
The upcoming TV series will tie the events of the fourth movie to the events of the first movie. It will focus more on the characters in their everyday lives when they are not purging or being purged.
“The movies are more like events. In the TV show, I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people. We’re going back six months or two years or into their childhood to see some things that might’ve fed into their decision-making on this particular Purge. The long form is actually allowing it to become more of a character study, which is kind of cool, instead of a singular event of surviving the night.”
Purge:The Island is set to be released on July, 4 no word on the release date for the tv series yet.