Producer Jason Blum Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Making a Bigger Movie, Frank Grillo, the Future of the Franchise, Going 100% Digital at Blumhouse, and More

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Now in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco‘s follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge, which presented a horrific dystopian vision of a near-future America.  In 2022, under the guidance of the New Founding Fathers, every American is entitled to a yearly twelve-hour anything goes crime spree.  It’s an intriguing concept, rife with possibilities, and for the sequel DeMonaco expands on the most interesting ideas of the first film by leaving behind the relative safety of suburbia and focusing on class warfare in the blood-soaked streets of downtown Los Angeles.

I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with producer Jason Blum.  We talked about the endless possibilities of the film’s concept, making the world (and production) bigger for the second film, casting Frank Grillo, and how cinema’s rapidly evolving technological landscape is changing the way Blumhouse Productions makes films.  We also had a chance to catch up on a ton of his upcoming projects, which you can check out here.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

James DeMonaco Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, What Happened During the Very First Purge, Possibly Doing a Non-PURGE Horror Movie Next and More

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Say what you want about the Purge movies; that core concept is pure genius and rocks an enormous amount of franchise potential.  However, oddly enough, when writer-director James DeMonaco delivered his first script, nobody was going for it – that is until Jason Blum came along and turned what DeMonaco once envisioned as a small $500,000 independent film into a wide release that scored $34.1 million opening weekend and earned a sequel.

We saw what happened when a family is forced to participate in The Purge inside their very own home in the 2013 release and we get to experience what goes down on Purge night out in the city streets in The Purge: Anarchy, but what about the very first Purge ever?  And how about the 10th?  Is there a special anniversary event?  We discuss the possibilities with DeMonaco in our The Purge: Anarchy interview after the jump.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review

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2013′s The Purge had a mish-mash of good ideas.  It was important socioeconomic commentary, but smothered by the confusion of its genre trappings.  The overt commentary was out of sync with the stakes of the story’s moral drama, and the audience ended up identifying more with the violence than the message about economic inequality.  Director James DeMonaco has returned for the sequel The Purge: Anarchy, and although he hasn’t dropped the commentary, he’s reconciled himself to a tight action-thriller that may not be particularly thoughtful, but at least it’s exciting and holds few pretensions.

Frank Grillo Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Zen via Boxing, What Scares Him, His Goofy Side, DirecTV’s KINGDOM and More

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In The Purge: Anarchy, Frank Grillo plays Leo, a guy who deliberately heads out after The Purge siren blares seeking vengeance.  However, instead of hunting down his own target, he winds up trying to rescue other helpless Purge victims.  You know who I’d want to help me survive the night if The Purge became a real thing?  Grillo himself.  Not only does the guy absolutely kill it in combat heavy films like The Grey and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he also trains extensively in real life, too.  Perhaps his aversion to guns wouldn’t serve him well in The Purge, but if life imitates art, hand-to-hand combat certainly wouldn’t be an issue.

While attending The Purge: Breakout at the tour’s Coney Island stop, we got the chance to talk to Grillo about the intensity of his performance in the sequel, his one big fear in life and his hope to finally make something a little more family friendly that his kids can watch.  Catch all of that in our video interview after the jump and, in case you missed it, click here to hear about all of Grillo’s upcoming projects including The Raid 2, bringing back Brock Rumlow and more.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See THE PURGE: ANARCHY

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I saw The Purge: Anarchy a little over a month ago, and while my official review is still under embargo, I think it’s okay if I tell you that I really enjoyed it.  Whereas I felt the first movie had trouble finding its identity, the sequel is a small-scale action film and much better for it.  It also has a great lead performance from Frank Grillo, and he does a great job carrying the picture.  The original was a sleeper hit, and I hope that the sequel can still be a standout among this summer’s big-budget blockbusters.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of The Purge: Anarchy.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Carmen EjogoZach GilfordKiele Sanchez, and Michael K. Williams.  The Purge: Anarchy opens July 18th.

THE PURGE: ANARCHY: 7 New Posters Celebrate America’s Disturbing Future Holiday

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Universal has released seven new The Purge: Anarchy posters online.  If the movie had been released for the July 4th weekend, it would be a very sly and perhaps too abrasive commentary on our nation.  The sequel takes place in a dystopian future where employment and crime are low, but for 12 hours every year all social services are suspended, and all crime is legal.  The first film had trouble deciding if it was an action film or a home-invasion thriller, but as you can see from the trailer, the follow-up is secure in being a straight action flick.  It also looks damn good.

Hit the jump to check out The Purge: Anarchy posters.  he film stars Frank Grillo, Zoë Soul, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on July 18th.

No Heroes Allowed in New THE PURGE: ANARCHY Trailer

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Universal Pictures has released a new The Purge: Anarchy trailer for writer/director James DeMonaco’s horror sequel.  This trailer gets a bit deeper into the plot of the follow-up, as it appears to put a Most Dangerous Game twist on the proceedings as a group of survivors unwillingly become part of an auction in which the rich bid on whom they want to hunt for the evening.  The Purge really is one of the more fruitful horror concepts in recent memory, and one imagines this franchise will spawn many more sequels to come.

Hit the jump to watch the new The Purge: Anarchy trailer.  The film stars Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Michael K. WilliamsThe Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters on July 18th.

Matt Doesn’t Survive THE PURGE: BREAKOUT Experience

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Last year’s The Purge was a breakout hit.  Audiences enjoyed the tense atmosphere of a family under siege, and the violence that exploded when the situation came to a head.  This year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy takes the story to the streets as a group of citizens tries to survive the annual “Purge”, 12 hours when all crime is legal and all public services have been suspended.  Universal and Blumhouse are doing something very cool to promote the movie by taking The Purge: Breakout Experience across the country.  It’s an interactive horror experience that’s a lot more fun than your average haunted house, and is definitely something you should do when it’s in your city.

This weekend only, The Purge: Breakout is in Atlanta, and I got to run through it this afternoon.  Hit the jump to read about my fate, check out the trailer, and click here to learn more about The Purge: Breakout.

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 Trailer for THE PURGE: ANARCHY Expands the Scope of the Chaos

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A new trailer for the horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy has landed online.  The film follows the same premise as the first pic—one day a year, all crime (including murder) is legal in the United States—but this time leaves the “home invasion” conceit behind and takes the action to the streets.  The first trailer focused on a couple who finds themselves stranded when their car breaks down, but this trailer gives us a look at a character played by Frank Grillo who willingly goes out seeking revenge.  Grillo drives a car perfectly suited for a Mad Max movie, so one imagines he’ll fare pretty well during this Purge.  The premise offers plenty of opportunity, so I’m interested to see how it’s expanded in this follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Zach Gilford and Michael Kenneth WilliamsThe Purge: Anarchy opens in theaters July 18th.

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.

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