I’ve never been a super-fan of The Purge or any of its sequels. But that said, I am looking forward to this summer’s The First Purge as I find the premise of exploring the first-ever event a story I’d love to see unfold.
And speaking of The First Purge, producer Andrew Form recently spoke with CinemaBlend about the upcoming prequel including how this new film is more personal than the other Purge movies.
“This Purge is about a neighborhood. It’s a lot of similar things, but it is specific to this neighborhood and to me, and I can’t believe I am going to say this and don’t quote me on it, but it feels more personal than the other Purge movies,” Form said. “It really does. I’ve seen the movie once and it was a long cut so I don’t want to lead you down a path if we end up changing it, but it just feels like a more personal story and the protagonist in this Purge is just a badass. He’s just a cool guy and it’s just a cool movie. It’s a really cool movie. one thing about this movie is that it’s incredible, it’s that DeMonaco always seems to know what’s going to happen politically and culturally and I think he’s done that again with this one. I don’t know how he does it.”
Form was then asked how current politics will influence the new movie, to which he replied:
“Well, this is the first one so we’re going the other way. It is relevant in that we have an odd government that has some unusual ideas that they’re putting forth and they feel very confident that that’s the right way to go,” Form continues. “Our story is about a group of people who don’t agree with what’s the government is doing and are trying to fight against it. I don’t want to give too much away, but I don’t know what it is about DeMonaco but he’s just super good at figuring out where the world is going, and he’s done that here.”
The film is directed by Gerard McMurray from a screenplay by James DeMonaco and stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei.
The First Purge begins July 4th, 2018.
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.