It’s been reported that the upcoming Purge TV show will centre around what the people in that universe do on the other 364 days that they are not purging.
The Purge franchise is continuing to expand, as we await the arrival of the fourth film in the series, which will act as a prequel, The Purge: The Island. We are also slowly receiving more details of the TV series currently in production – and producer Jason Blum has told fans not to simply expect a rehash of the films or a ‘purge-of-the-week’ story.
The original film saw writer/director James DeMonaco established the concept of a “Purge Night” – and so far, the movies have only explored what happens in this 12 hours when all crime is legal. The first film was essentially a home invasion movie, where Purge security salesman Ethan Hawke’s family fought off neighbours indulging in the night of crime. The Purge: Anarchy took the danger to the city streets, focusing on a group trapped outside on this night, whilst also commenting on the wealth divide. And third movie, The Purge: Election brought forth the political themes that surround the creation of Purge Night. The fourth film will be looking at the experimental first Purge Night, so in theory, this leaves a lot of room for Blum’s series to explore the personal ramifications of this night.
The TV show will not exclusively take place on the night in question, and will be set sometime between the first Purge movie and Election. Blum has also explained that the primary focus of the series will be looking at the rest of the year – before and after the Purge:
“We’re working on kind of exploring what it’s like to live the rest of the year in a world where you can kill someone on a certain day of the year. It definitely makes you think twice if you’re driving and you give someone the finger or something like that. So, we’re definitely thinking about different things that might happen in a society where killing was legal 12 hours a year. There are a lot of things that you don’t think about. You could commit a murder, and then somehow make it seem like it happened on Purge Night and get away with it. There are a lot of things that you can do with that idea, and we’re trying to think of all those different situations in that world.”
Doing the series in this way will freshen the concept, and Blum hinting at possible story arcs makes the series sound even more interesting, as it seems to be focusing on the mentality that the event leaves the public with. It will surely make for some interesting relationships, in a society where people can look forward to punishing those who have crossed them, without any blame.
There’s no information yet about the leading characters, or an official synopsis, though hopefully the gritty tone of the films will remain. With any luck, Blumhouse will have the same success in this TV venture as they have had in their films.