Watching this story come together was akin to watching someone slowly putting together a jigsaw puzzle of the most violent kind. Read on for all the details that have been confirmed thus far.
The mystery ball got rolling today when Production Weekly tweeted: “THE PURGE team of Jason Blum, Michael Bay and writer/director James DeMonaco reunite for Universal’s THE ZONE, filming begins mid-Dec. in LA.”
From there Bloody Disgusting reported that the California Film Commission granted tax credits to The Purge 2 back in June, around the same time they granted tax credits to 30 or so other films, including the Entourage movie. If you’ve been following non-horror film news, you’ll know that Entourage has to start filming by January to receive those credits. The same most likely goes for The Purge 2.
Enter Variety with this tidbit…
James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct the sequel to his hit film The Purge for Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum of Blumhouse will produce through his first-look deal with Universal. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sebastien Lemercier are also returning to produce.
Blumhouse is in line to receive a $2.25 million tax credit from the state of California for The Purge 2, which was one of 31 projects that received a conditional approval on June 3 for California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program. If it’s cleared by the state, Purge 2 will receive the credit covering up to 25% of the budget once production is completed and an audit has established that the production funds were spent in California. The sequel would have to begin shooting by the end of the year and meet several other requirements if it’s to receive the credit.
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