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September 30 2016

Purge TV series in development

The Purge may be moving from the silver screen to the small screen according to the creator of the series.

James DeMonaco – the writer and director of all three Purge films – recently spoke with CienmaBlend and let them know that the popular franchise could be coming to TV in the near future.

Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up. Yes! 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.

As to why DeMonaco would like to move to TV, he feels it would really let him dig into the psyche of people that partake in the Purge.

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.

Apparently DeMonaco feels we won’t have to wait too long to see this project come about either.

I think so, dude, yeah! They’re far ahead on the TV front… pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we’re talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it’s being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything.

I have to admit, I’ve seen all three films and I’ve actually enjoyed them. There is actually a fairly rich mythos here that could be played with. Be it delving into the life of a purger, exploring how the New Founding Fathers convinced the country this was the right idea or just exploring how someone survives the night, there is an endless amount of stories that could be done due to the basic premise. Heck, even do a real-time story of one of the annual purges from the viewpoint of someone trying to survive it or going out to purge.

The films are very much not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are far better than you would think they would be on first blush and present some interesting commentary on society while being placed in an exaggerated setting.

I’m super curious to see where this goes.


Source: CinemaBlend .


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