Producer Jason Blum Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Future Sequels, and the Possibility of Releasing a PURGE Movie Every Year

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The Purge was one of 2013′s sleepers, and Blumhouse Productions doesn’t wait to jump on sequel opportunities.  Their surprise hits—Paranormal Activity and Insidious—both got sequels, Sinister 2 is in development, and The Purge: Anarchy is due out on July 18th.

We recently spoke to Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum for his latest film Oculus.  During the interview, Blum also talked about The Purge franchise, how they wanted to expand on the original Purge, how he can see a new Purge movie coming out every year like they do with the Paranormal Activity franchise, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New Release Dates for THE PURGE: ANARCHY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS, THE PLAYERS, THE RAILWAY MAN, THE ROVER, & More

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Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films:

  • The Purge: Anarchy – Writer-director James DeMonaco’s horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th.
  • Dom Hemingway – Writer-director Richard Shepard’s crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd.
  • On the Other Side of the TracksDavid Charhon’s crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company.
  • The Players – The Weinstein Company’s collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th.
  • The Railway ManJonathan Teplitzky’s biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th.
  • The RoverDavid Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
  • Laggies – Also from A24, Lynn Shelton’s drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, and Sam Rockwell opens September 26th.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE PURGE: ANARCHY Starring Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, and Zach Gilford

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Universal Pictures has released the first trailer, poster, and images for writer/director James DeMonaco‘s horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy.  The follow-up continues the plot device from the first film in which all crimes are legal on one day of the year, during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  The sequel looks solid since instead of another home invasion, it appears we’ll be going beyond the confines of a shelter and watching characters struggle to survive the night.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film stars Frank Grillo (The Grey), Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights).  The Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on June 20th.

Producer Brad Fuller Shares Details on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE PURGE 2, FRIDAY THE 13th Sequel and More

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Michael Bay upset the nerd cart a couple of years back when he called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles part of an “alien race”.  Just in case there’s any residual ill will left over from that faux pas, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller is here to sort it all out.  In addition to verifying the origin of the heroes in a half-shell, Fuller also commented on upcoming sequels to The Purge and Friday the 13th.  Fuller even talked about the progress of that Ouija project.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

WARCRAFT Adds Clancy Brown and Daniel Wu; Michael K. Williams and Zach Gilford Join THE PURGE Sequel; Ricky Gervais Returns in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

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THE PURGE 2 Lands Frank Grillo in the Lead

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Blumhouse Production’s thriller sequel The Purge 2 is set to hit theaters in just about six months, so it’s a good thing they’ve landed their lead actor in Frank Grillo (Warrior).  One benefit of the production company’s propensity toward micro-budget pictures is the potential for big gains on the risk of only a small amount of loss; another is the speed with which a picture can be shot, edited and prepped for release.  Writer-director James DeMonaco (The Purge) is returning to write/produce/direct the sequel, so his learning curve should be non-existent.  The first film starred Ethan Hawke as a security system designer bent on protecting his family during the one night a year when all emergency services are shut down and criminals of all sorts run unchecked.  Hit the jump for why Grillo is probably the last guy you want to mess with.  

Universal Pictures Sets THE PURGE Sequel for June 20, 2014

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Universal had a sleeper hit with the horror film The Purge earlier this summer, so naturally they need to get a sequel out as quickly as possible.  The studio has sent out a press release announcing “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014.  For those who didn’t see the first film, it’s a speculative thriller where all crimes are legal during the annual “Purge”, which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year.  During the Purge, a well-to-do family is attacked when they rescue an injured citizen from a violent mob.  Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco will produce alongside other returning producers Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.  It’s a fairly quick turnaround, so perhaps the sequel will stick to the small scale of the original.

The Purge sequel will share the weekend with the comedy Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood‘s screen adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys.

A Review of Blumhouse’s Interactive Haunted House THE PURGE: FEAR THE NIGHT

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Halloween is less than 24 hours away and if you are looking for something a little different to do and happen to be in LA, you might want to check out Blumhouse’s, The Purge: Fear the Night.  Running through the weekend, this interactive horror experience is not your traditional haunted house.  I got to experience it first hand and I can tell you that it is definitely worth the price of admission.  Hit the jump to check out my review of The Purge: Fear the Night.

New to Blu-ray: AFTER EARTH, CHUCKY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, THE HANGOVER PART III, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Friday Box Office: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER TWO Seizes Biggest Horror Debut of 2013

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September is usually a slow month at the box office, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Friday’s launch of Insidious Chapter Two. The sequel to the 2011 horror hit pulled in an estimated $20.06 million from 3,049 locations yesterday, topping the debuts of both The Conjuring ($16.9 million) and The Purge ($16.7 million) from earlier this year. Insidious Chapter Two is now on track for as much as $42 million this weekend; putting it close to September’s all-time opening record set by Hotel Transylvania in 2012. It is worth noting, however, that Insidious Chapter Two opened on Friday the 13th, which means that it could be more front-loaded than your average horror movie. And, unlike The Conjuring, which enjoyed an unusually warm critical reception, Insidious 2’s current Rotten Tomato score of 37% could hurt word of mouth.

The weekend’s only other major release came in a distant second on Friday. Luc Besson’s The Family earned an estimated $5.4 million from 3,091 venues and should realize at least $14 million through Sunday – a number that is actually in line with projections for the gangster film starring Robert DeNiro.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Insidious Chapter Two $20,060,000 $20
2.  The Family $5,400,000 $5.4
3.  Riddick $2,200,000 $26.4
4.  We’re The Millers $1,735,000 $127.9
5.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $1,664,000 $96.1

Weekend Box Office: THE CONJURING Leads Crowded Field with $41.5 Million; R.I.P.D. Gets Buried

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For years now, studios have used this weekend to launch some of summer’s biggest titles: The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises. Left without a major marquee release for 2013, however, the box office instead hosted a handful of more marginal titles, including Turbo, Red 2 and R.I.P.D.  No surprise, then, that overall receipts were way down from 2012 or that only one film – The Conjuring – made a major impression.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Conjuring $41,530,000 $41.5
2.  Despicable Me 2 $25,100,000 $276.2
3.  Turbo $21,500,000 $31.2
4.  Grown Ups 2 $20,000,000 $79.5
5.  Red 2 $18,500,000 $18.5
6.  Pacific Rim $15,955,000 $68.2
7.  R.I.P.D. $12,760,000 $12.7
8.  The Heat $9,325,000 $129.2
9.  World War Z $5,200,000 $186.9
10.  Monsters University $5,005,000 $248.9

Universal and Producer Jason Blum Announce Development on Sequel to Surprise Hit THE PURGE

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The Purge rode an intriguing hook—for a twelve-hour period every year, all crime is legal—to gross $36.4 million at the box office this weekend on a lean $3 million budget.  Given the high return on investment and repeatable premise, you know what comes next: Universal and producer Jason Blum have announced development on The Purge 2.

The Purge is essentially a home invasion thriller that centers on a family played by Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, and Adelaide Kane.  I imagine the studio and Blum will explore the greater Purge universe to find a new story, so there is no guarantee the cast will return.  At this stage, it is also not clear if writer/director James De Monaco will return.  See Blum’s Twitter announcement after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: THE PURGE Takes First with $36.4 Million; THE INTERNSHIP Opens in Fourth

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Between the record-breaking grosses of May and next week’s Man of Steel launch, this was supposed to be a quiet weekend at the box office. Universal’s The Purge had other plans. The low-budget horror film took first place and more than doubled its pre-release projections with an estimated $36.4 million from 2,536 locations. The box office bonanza did not extend to The Internship, however. The comedy opened in fourth with an estimated $18.1 million – half of what The Purge realized in 800 fewer theatres.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Purge $36,400,000 $36.4
2.  Fast & Furious 6 $19,800,000 $202.9
3.  Now You See Me $19,500,000 $61.3
4.  The Internship $18,100,000 $18.1
5.  Epic $12,100,000 $84.1
6.  Star Trek Into Darkness $11,700,000 $200.1
7.  After Earth $11,200,000 $46.5
8.  The Hangover III $7,380,000 $102.3
9.  Iron Man 3 $5,787,000 $394.3
10.  The Great Gatsby $4,230,000 $136.1

TOP 5: THE INTERNSHIP, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Set Images Galore from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE PURGE, 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

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For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.

In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE PURGE Crushes THE INTERNSHIP with Huge $16.7 Million Opening

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What most expected to be a quiet weekend at the box office is making big news for one new release. The Internship is not that release. The Fox comedy earned an estimated $6.55 million from 3,365 locations on Friday and is now on track for a first-weekend in the $18 million range. That’s slightly higher than pre-release projections for the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson feature, but lower than the $20 million-plus that a star-driven summer release should be earning. If The Internship is destined for disappointment, The Purge looks like a legitimate sensation. With an estimated $16.7 million from 2,536 locations on Friday, the low-budget horror film equaled its entire weekend projection in just one day. That puts The Purge on track for a remarkable $36 million through Sunday – a number that would secure both the highest horror debut and the highest R-rated opening of 2013.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Purge $16,700,000 $16.7
2.  The Internship $6,550,000 $6.55
3.  Fast & Furious 6 $6,100,000 $189.2
4.  Now You See Me $6,050,000 $47.9
5.  Epic $3,600,000 $75.6

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