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Jason Blum Details “The Purge” TV Series, Which Documents Other 364 Days

The concept for The Purge is one of the best franchise ideas to come along in quite some time, but if you’re asking me, the films haven’t done the best job of really digging deep into the “holiday” wherein all crime (including murder) is made legal for one night each year. They’re fun, don’t get me wrong, but they barely scratch the surface of the premise.

Thankfully, that’s soon going to change. Not only is the fourth installment in the film franchise, prequel Purge: The Island, headed our way, but so too is a TV series! Blumhouse Television is currently developing the spinoff series, which will air on both USA and Syfy and is set to premiere in 2018.

We recently learned that the small screen version of “The Purge” will document the *other* 364 days, and Jason Blum just spilled some beans in a chat with Den of Geek.

We’re working on kind of exploring what it’s like to live the rest of the year in a world where you can kill someone on a certain day of the year,” Blum told the site “It definitely makes you think twice if you’re driving and you give someone the finger or something like that. So we’re definitely thinking about different things that might happen in a society where killing was legal 12 hours a year.

He continued, “There are a lot of things that you don’t think about. You could commit a murder, and then somehow make it seem like it happened on Purge Night and get away with it. There are a lot of things that you can do with that idea, and we’re trying to think of all those different situations in that world.”

Franchise creator James DeMonaco is writing, directing and executive producing. Platinum Dunes and Sebastien K. Lemercier will also be executive producing the series.



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  • Dave

    No one cares what happens the other 364days of the year. We want to see PURGE day! This show won’t make it past one season .

    • MODOK

      I disagree. The idea of how the country got to the point of needing a Purge day, and what happens before and after it, has always intrigued me. The first Purge was a simplistic home-invasion movie that didn’t do much for me. But once Anarchy expanded on that and started world-building, I was hooked. I think there’s a lot of interesting territory that can be covered beyond just thrill-killing on Purge day itself.

      • AlsDisciple

        There’s a lot of untapped ideas here. I mean, they focus on the murder and mayhem, but think about it from a business angle. You know someone’s getting paid to blow shit up, just so someone else can come in a make a fortune rebuilding it. I’ve always assumed the never ending construction work is why the unemployment rate dropped to 1%.

        • Kristoffer Groves

          I think it’s just because they kill all the unemployed people.

    • J Jett

      Dave as of this point i agree w/ you. depending on how the storyline/the characters/etc. comes together for this show it could be interesting (the non-Purge days) but i’m skeptical as of now. i love PURGE ANARCHY (a perfect movie IMO) and ELECTION DAY (not as good as the 2nd fim but still pretty decent) and i really didn’t care for the first film.

  • Necro

    Sounds good to me, but why is it going to be on two different networks?

    • J Jett

      i think USA & SyFy are owned by the same network/studio (but i could be wrong on this).

      • Mister B

        Yes. They are both owned by NBCUniversal.

      • Necro

        Actually now that you mention it J I think I remember hearing that as well now.

  • Nekrim

    I’m guessing one of the P.O.V will be that of a regular joe who just hates one of his neighbours and then imagines how he could murder him during the upcoming Purge.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    How about a found footage Friday The 13th sequel where we watch the trail cams during off-season? We could see leaves falling and squirrels gathering nuts. In the exciting finale we would see Jason step outside of his shack, piss on a tree, and go back inside.

    • Weresmurf

      You have no idea how much I laughed reading this lol. Well done 🙂

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