I’ve often wondered about the events that led to the fall of America in The Purge films. Was there a Civil War, or a coup, or do the films exist in a future where Americans voluntarily elected a totalitarian regime? It looks like we’ll all get some answers as franchise creator James DeMonaco just revealed the 4th installment will be a prequel, one that documents the very first Purge.
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DeMonaco also revealed the film’s title; aiming for a July 4th, 2018 release date, prepare yourselves for The Purge: The Island!
The first three films in the franchise have been remarkably successful for Blumhouse, as they depict the impact on US citizens in a dystopian future, as they try to survive the annual “Purge Night” where all crime is made legal for 12 hours. Whereas the first film focused on a home-invasion scenario, both The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year centered on a single character played by actor Frank Grillo. When Election Year finished, it seemed to suggest that political and social opposition would prevent further Purges from taking place. With that in mind, the announcement of a fourth film raised questions as to what the plot would entail. The film was however given a firm summer 2018 release date, and although DeMonaco has directed all three previous films, indie filmmaker Gerard McMurray was announced as the new director.
DeMonaco also dished details with Vulture, explaining the title and various plot points.
“It takes place on Staten Island which is cool – the first experimental Purge. Next July 4, it’ll be coming. Okay, let me think what I can give. I said it’s the first experimental Purge, which I don’t know if I was supposed to say, but now I’ve said it, so you have it.”
“I think Island is the most crowd-pleasing of the films … More than the previous films, there’s a singular hero in this movie. This is one man’s journey, William, an anti-hero inspired by Eastwood in Unforgiven, so it’s this very cool, modern, kind of badass who redeems himself through the story.”
We’ll keep you posted on all Purge related news as details emerge. Stay tuned!