Wouldn’t it be kinda cool if The Purge franchise expanded beyond the world of film? A spinoff TV series is something we’ve often pondered over the years, and it seems that creator James DeMonaco has been pondering the same thing. In fact, a television series is currently being developed!
Speaking with Cinema Blend, DeMonaco spilled the beans.
“Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up,” replied DeMonaco, when interviewer Eric Eisenberg questioned him about a future Purge TV series. “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.”
“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,” he continued. “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 also noted that we could potentially see the series within the next year.
“They’re far ahead on the TV front… pretty far ahead,” he said. “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.”