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.