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“The Purge” is Getting a TV Series!

The Purge: Election Year

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!



  • Richter Belmont

    Curious as to whether the show will skew towards horror or towards action. Also, making it overtly socio-political may turn off a huge chunk of the audience. I don’t know. It could be good, if done right.

    What’s most important is that you care for the safety of the characters because they are likeable people. If you don’t care about the characters then you end up with Fear The Walking Dead, or The Strain.

    • J Jett

      Richter i agree 100%.

    • Todd Osmun

      Absolutely spot on about the characters in the show. As much as I WANT to love Fear The Walking Dead, I literally watch each week either hoping it gets better or that I get to start seeing these obnoxious people get eaten and the next group of survivors get introduced.

      • Rocky Chodha

        In Fear, we can keep Strand Nick n Alicia, all rest can go, they need to use the same lighting or setup as the WALKING DEAD, it seems really CLEAN toooooo CLEAN, but It did get better as for second half of season 2.

        • Matt

          Daniel (Rubén Blades) is easily the best actor and character on the show. When he returns, it will get much better.

          • Rocky Chodha

            I forgot you, right, Daniel as well.

  • Blade4693

    When I read the title I was like “ugh…” but after reading his reasoning that does make a lot of sense and could definitely make for a good anthology tv series if done right.

  • Daucus Karota

    I used to think that TV meant lower budget, castrated gore and language, etc. But we’re now in the age of Walking Dead / Penny Dreadful / American Horror Story. Horror really has all the room it needs to thrive on TV. I say bring it on!

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  • Vincent Kane

    To me this is the next logical step for this series. Purge Anarchy seems to be more of the template it should take. I wasn’t that big of the original because it didn’t show more facets of the Purge. This if done right could be great.

    I wonder if they would do it like AHS and have each season be a different Purge night and new story with different characters? I don’t know how a straight time line type story like Walking Dead would work for multiple seasons with this concept. I have a feeling it will just eventually turn into who is behind the Purge night and why and how do we stop it like the movies did. I’ll be watching no matter what to see what they do.

  • Khy

    Now watch it air on The Disney channel or CW or some other ill-fitting channel.

    AMC, Showtime, HBO, or BUST!

    • J Jett

      agreed! 🙂

    • Demetra

      it’ll be on MTV

    • Erik The Red

      AMC is too cheap. Splitting seasons in half to save a buck.

  • J Jett

    this could possibly maybe be cool. i love PURGE 2 & 3 but i love how they focus on the protagonists rather than the wackos out to purge. if the tv version doesn’t give me a Leo Barnes, Eva, Cali, Liz or Shane (from ANARCHY) or a Senator Charlie Roan, Laney Rucker (she was awesome!), etc. from ELECTION YEAR and solely/mostly focuses on people who end up purging then i’m not sure i’d be into it.

    equally as important is this whole show MUST be on either Starz, HBO or Showtime (FX or AMC i guess could work). if the plan is to have the show be on any of the main networks ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX then this will suck.

  • Dumbleburn

    Well, i hope the tv serie will be better than the movies. I like the concept of the Purge, but the movies are not good at all…

  • rezblue

    Really love the idea behind The Purge and Purge 2 is a really good movie but I thought Election Year was pretty stale.

  • Sasha Kozak

    I was hoping I would see “Directed by Miiike”

    I hope it is on HBO, netflix or FX

  • DarkBree

    And I read The Purge 4 is happening.

  • THGrimm

    I say great! I love the Purge movies (Anarchy > Original > Election Year) I think this format would be great for it and I’d eat it up.

  • Shane C. Free

    should be done in real time like 24, so 12 1 hour episodes since the purge lasts 12 hours.

  • RedRinger

    Sounds awesome… maybe in the same vein as Trick r treat except on tv format. In the way the stories are interwoven, but not?

  • zombie84_41

    Sounds legit I didn’t care much for the first purge but I loved the 3rd and 2nd alot

  • Eddie Dutra

    This is basically going to be The Walking Dead with masks.

  • aNYagenda

    Cool mask!

    Kind of like comics, the imagery and visuals of Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror have come a long way! But the method or “soul” behind it may have not.

  • Charles Cumella

    It could be interesting, character and background development would take care of some of the problems in the movies, not just making it a night of random violence, but hoping there will be some great random violence interwoven in there too! ;D

    • aNYagenda

      Well you want thrills and chills,
      but their should be a framework to support and justify it.

      Not just shakey cam or violence or cool masks for its own sake like a porno.

      • Charles Cumella

        I think the aesthetic in The Purge films is very good, the cinematography, lighting and the appearance of the Purgers is very dark and dismal. They usually don’t do such a bad job of explaining motivations or backstories, and I think an hour long TV show would expand on that and give us a better look at the world surrounding The Purge and what would actually drive people to kill or even accept the Founding Fathers as a form of government.

  • Erik The Red

    It has to be better than Election Year. That was garbage.

  • I thought Election Year was by far the best Purge film. I’ve enjoyed them all though. Spoiler: the scene in Election Year with the girls and the LED light covered car with Party In The USA blasting was one of the best scenes in any horror franchise in recent years.

    So if they can keep the show at the level of Election Year, and it airs on HBO/Showtime etc, Netflix, or maybe FX, you can count me in.

  • Ivy Julia Carey

    A weekly format would kill the purge element. They should treat it like an Event series and air all episode in a week.

  • Gambit

    Damn, guess this means no more Frank Grillo?

  • Mike Lawrence

    Oh for God’s sake…there goes another movie series, sequels out the window for another low rate TV series…enough already. Stop cheapening every damn horror franchise with these boring TV shows!!

    • Cure4Humanity

      There’s a lot more potential for the Purge to go the way of television than continuing on the film front imo.

      • Mike Lawrence

        Based on what, though? We’ve lost all hope for so many movie series this way… Wolf Creek, Scream, Exorcist, Evil Dead, etc…
        Doesn’t it just get old at some point and become a redundant move for these franchises?

        • Cure4Humanity

          I mean I personally think that Scream as a whole doesn’t really need more films. I happen to enjoy the Evil Dead show and they have been discussing a new Evil Dead film even with the show being on as far as I had last heard.
          As for why I think it has more potential. That’s pretty simple. More time allotted for plot and character development. One of my bigger issues with the Purge films is that they feel kind of rushed. Like there was more to explore within the films context but didn’t get to happen because of the run time restraints. Granted this is just my opinion, but I’d hope with a television format they could allow it more time for build-up.

        • Weresmurf

          I disagree in the whole ‘lost hope’ aspect. Wolf Creek for instance was a fantastic tv series, I’ve regained hope that we will see a season 2. The movies, I know they may make one but I’d rather see another tv series to be honest as they did nothing in the movies they didn’t do in the series. Exorcist, I mean is that REALLY worth dragging out? 2, 3 and 4 were excrement, pure excrement. The tv show made it 1000000% better and now it has a better life there. Evil Dead has found a freakin awesome life 25 years later on television rather than sitting in development hell. Scream, well considering it changed and rebooted everything, changing *everything* at its core, thats the only one that fits your claim. And by god it sucks.

  • Alex Dye

    Yes. Absolutely. TV is the best it’s ever been and if they could shop this out to Netflix or Amazon or even AMC, I think exploring motives with the creative levity those networks give would be awesome.

  • Meatwad

    I have two words,… over saturated.

  • remcycle

    There’s a ton of potential here; so many storylines that may not fly on their own would do great in THE PURGE universe.

    It’s the same as most boring drama plots; drop some zombies in and all of a sudden it works!

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Yes! Yes ! Yes!

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