The next Purge will be The First Purge, as the franchise’s concept is getting an origin story this coming July. As the title suggests, we’ll be given a front row seat to watch the very first annual Purge play out, and producer Andrew Form dug a bit into the differences between the upcoming film and the previous three in a chat with Cinema Blend.
For starters, he’s calling it a more “personal” film than the others.
“This Purge is about a neighborhood. It’s a lot of similar things, but it is specific to this neighborhood and to me, and I can’t believe I am going to say this and don’t quote me on it, but it feels more personal than the other Purge movies. It really does,” Form told the site. “I’ve seen the movie once and it was a long cut so I don’t want to lead you down a path if we end up changing it, but it just feels like a more personal story and the protagonist in this Purge is just a badass. He’s just a cool guy and it’s just a cool movie. It’s a really cool movie.”
He continued, talking about the social and political relevance of the movie, “[James] DeMonaco always seems to know what’s going to happen politically and culturally and I think he’s done that again with this one. Our story is about a group of people who don’t agree with what the government is doing and are trying to fight against it.”
Behind every tradition lies a revolution in The First Purge, arriving July 4, 2018…
“To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).
The cast includes Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei.
The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.