Written by John Squires
The cool thing about the Purge franchise is that the concept lends itself to limitless storytelling potential, which is why many fans have been begging for a TV series. After three installments in the film franchise, it looks like all crime will indeed soon be legalized on the small screen…
Speaking with Cinema Blend, franchise creator/writer/director James DeMonaco spilled the beans when he was asked if a TV series was possible for the future.
“Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up. Yes!” replied DeMonaco. “Not an anthology… I guess kind of an anthology — more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.”
“The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that’s gone haywire on this night, but let’s show everything that’s led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife — the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems. It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.”
DeMonaco added that the TV series is already being actively developed.