I hadn’t heard anything about The Purge, but today the first synopsis has been released, and it sounds quite fascinating. Presumably, this was the secret project “Vigilandia“ that we reported on back in January. The “speculative thriller” takes place in a world where the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period where everything—including murder—becomes legal. During this madness, a family inside a gated community fights to survive without turning into monsters themselves. I can’t help but wonder if there’s an ounce of political commentary in the premise that a world without police, hospitals, and other basic services becomes a pure libertarian paradise.
Hit the jump to check out the synopsis. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The Purge opens May 31, 2013.
We’ve got a couple more casting stories to share. First up, Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Chloe Sevigny have been set to topline the “sexually-charged” pic Panarea. The film follows a young married couple with intimacy issues who find themselves vacationing on an exotic Italian island where their commitment will be tested and reaffirmed. The script was written by Adam Mansbach, who is the author of the hilariously wrong bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep.
Adam Bhala Lough (Weapons) will direct the pic, and Jim Jarmusch is onboard as a producer. I’m a fan of Webber, and Mansbach’s involvement piques my interest, so it should be fun to see how this project turns out. Hit the jump for news concerning the sci-fi thriller Vigilandia.
From Jason Blum, the producer who brought you the Paranormal Activity series and the 2011 surprise hit Insidious, comes another low-budget horror movie titled Vigilandia. Being called a “futuristic thriller” for Universal, there’s not much else we know about the picture at present. What we do know is that Ethan Hawke (Training Day) is expected to star. James DeMonaco (Little New York) will direct from a script that he wrote and plans to begin production on February 13th. Vigilandia will be a joint production effort among Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Why Not Productions. This will be the first picture under Blumhouse’s new deal with Universal after Blum produced the previously mentioned horror success stories. Hit the jump for more.