Syfy and USA Network’s upcoming The Purge TV show spin-off should be hitting us soon and to keep people out there aware, franchise creator James DeMonaco recently sat down with EW to talk about the show.
Mainly, he speaks about how much “Purging” we will actually see go down and it sounds like a solid mixture to me.
“I’d say it’s 70, 65 percent Purge Night and then 30 percent flashback,” DeMonaco told EW. “We follow four what-seem-to-be separate storylines of people going out on the evening and experiencing the Purge. The real estate of the 10 hours of the TV allows us to use flashback, where we flashback out of the Purge world, into the regular lives, the non-Purge days, of this future America. We get to see who these people are when it’s not Purge Night and the events that led them to where they are on the particular Purge night that we are following. I think it’s a great device. The real estate of TV lets us truly analyze why anyone would resort to violence on Purge Night. So, it’s a slower burn. Whereas the movies are kind of a punch in the face — you know, these big events — I think the TV show, with the real estate of it, allows us to truly analyze why anyone would pick up a gun or a knife to solve a problem. We really get to examine the night, and the intricacies of the evening, and the nuances of the evening, and the different kinds of people who are out on the streets in a way that I just couldn’t do in the movies.”
He then talked a bit about how he was initially done writing Purge films until the TV show and how he might be back for another film in the future.
“About five months ago, I would have said that [I was done with the Purge movies],” he said. “Then we started writing all these scripts for Purge TV, and I realized how many Purge stories could be told, and what it is a metaphor for, and realized, maybe not? I don’t know if I’ll direct anymore but I do like still writing Purge, so I think maybe, maybe.”
I’ve never been the world’s biggest fan of The Purge series, but even I’m excited to check out The First Purge and this upcoming TV series. I agree the general idea is totally intriguing and comes packaged with tons of meaty political subtext, but I’ve always thought the movies told the “wrong” side of the story. Here’s hoping the prequel and/or the TV series tells the tale in an all-new way.
The First Purge begins July 4th, 2018. The TV series will follow shortly after.
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.