One of the biggest surprise horror hits of the last decade has been The Purge franchise, which began as a modest $3 million home invasion movie that just happened to also revolve on the ingenious concept of a future America in which all crime – especially murder – is made legal for a period of 12 hours every year.
Since then, sequels The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year have served to broaden the scope of the series’ universe, each revealing more about just how that society managed to get so broken, and what different types of people must do to survive the deadly night.
Each subsequent Purge movie has also earned better reviews than the movie before it, a rarity for a horror series, or really just about any movie series at all. While The Purge 4 is still set to hit theaters on July 4th, 2018, it won’t be the only Purging fans do next year, as a Purge TV show is also coming to both USA and Syfy.
Entitled simply Purge, most naturally assumed that the show would stick to the actual titular night, as the films have done. Surprisingly enough though, producer Jason Blum said today at NBC Universal’s upfront presentation that that won’t be the case at all:
“It will reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people,” Blum said, according to a report by Deadline.
As a reminder, it was previously confirmed that franchise creator James DeMonaco is set to write, direct, and executive produce the show. Many were surprised when DeMonaco was announced as not directing Purge 4, but now it seems clear that he’ll be busy doing this instead.
With that in mind, if anyone is truly qualified to try and expand the chaotic Purge world even further, it’s definitely DeMonaco, the man that started it all.
While it’s curious that the TV show won’t focus on the titular event itself, the movies aren’t going away anytime soon, and that’s what they’re there to do. With this small-screen offering, interested fans are about to learn more than ever before about the inner workings of a society that legalizes murder.