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.

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.

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