The Purge movies have been a major success. Each Purge movie has grossed more than the preceding installment, and the concept of “The Purge”—that for 12 hours every year, all crimes are legal including rape and murder—has infiltrated pop culture so that these low-budget horror films have now made ‘Purge’ a comic shorthand. When you think about how many films come out per year and how few have any kind of lasting impact, that’s a remarkable accomplishment.
But how much life does the franchise have on the big screen? How many times can they go to the well of “Innocent people on the run from maniacs?” Series creator James DeMonaco believes that TV is the future for his horror franchise, and speaking with CinemaBlend [via Bloody-Disgusting], revealed that an anthology-like Purge series could be on the way. “Yes! Not an anthology… I guess kind of an anthology — more of an interwoven anthology,” said DeMonaco. “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.”
DeMonaco went on to explain why he thinks TV makes for a better way to tell a new Purge story than movies:
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.
That would definitely add a different flavor to the story and help it stand apart from the movies.
So when might we see this potential TV series?
“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,”
The Purge has been a massive hit for Blumhouse, so it’s not surprising that they want to keep it alive in any way they can. With more horror coming along as TV series, The Purge could be a welcome addition to the medium.