The Purge has been rather consistent in releasing a new film ever year or so, with the third film Election Year, having come out this past summer. Now it appears that the writer/director/creator James DeMonaco wants to take it to the small screen with a pseudo-anthology approach!
Speaking with CinemaBlend, DeMonaco explains, “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.”
He continues, explaining why he thinks this is the best approach to continue the series and how it allows for a greater expansion of the story and concept of “The Purge” itself:
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.
The most interesting aspect here is that this isn’t an idea that’s just been planted, it’s already at the budding process!
“They’re far ahead on the TV front… pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we’re talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it’s being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything,” DeMonaco states, clearly eager and excited about the momentum being taken to make this show a reality.
Alright fans of The Purge series, what are your thoughts here? We’ve seen TV get pretty gruesome over the past few years, so I don’t think there’s any cause for concern when it comes to violent content. Personally, any opportunity for a story to be expanded, if done properly, is very exciting!