After writing and directing the first 3 Purge movies, James DeMonaco passed the torch to Gerard McMurray; it was a maneuver that indicated the franchise mastermind had given his utmost to the saga and was ready to move on. The First Purge, which arrives in theaters on July 4th, stars Marisa Tomei, Melonie Diaz, and Mo McRae.
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Though stepping away from the film franchise, DeMonaco kept a foot in the property as executive producer of The Purge TV Series. He talked about what fans can expect in a recent interview with EW.
“I’d say it’s 70, 65 percent Purge Night and then 30 percent flashback,” said DeMonaco. “We follow four what-seem-to-be separate storylines of people going out on the evening and experiencing the Purge. The real estate of the 10 hours of the TV allows us to use flashback, where we flashback out of the Purge world, into the regular lives, the non-Purge days, of this future America. We get to see who these people are when it’s not Purge Night and the events that led them to where they are on the particular Purge night that we are following. I think it’s a great device. The real estate of TV lets us truly analyze why anyone would resort to violence on Purge Night. So, it’s a slower burn. Whereas the movies are kind of a punch in the face — you know, these big events — I think the TV show, with the real estate of it, allows us to truly analyze why anyone would pick up a gun or a knife to solve a problem. We really get to examine the night, and the intricacies of the evening, and the nuances of the evening, and the different kinds of people who are out on the streets in a way that I just couldn’t do in the movies.”
What Purge fans may find most inspiring is that DeMonaco’s love for the films seems to have been revitalized. Also according to EW:
DeMonaco also said that working on the TV show had made it more likely that he would write at least one more Purge film.
“About five months ago, I would have said that [I was done with the Purge movies],” he explained. “Then we started writing all these scripts for Purge TV, and I realized how many Purge stories could be told, and what it is a metaphor for, and realized, maybe not? I don’t know if I’ll direct any more but I do like still writing Purge, so I think maybe, maybe.”
Check out the trailer and synopsis for The First Purge below.
Official Synopsis: “To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”
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