The latest chapter in Universal and Blumhouse’s hit horror franchise, The Purge has been indefinitely delayed. The Purge 5 AKA The Forever Purge was set to hit theaters on July 10 but has now been pulled from the studio’s calendar altogether.
This update comes directly on the hells that USA Network just canceled the TV series after two seasons. Damn, this franchise can’t catch a break, can it?
The last time we saw the series on the big screen was in The First Purge back in 2018. That prequel centered on this synopsis: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America 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 others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Rated R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality, and drug use, it sports a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes with this Critics Consensus: The First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.
The First Purge was directed by Gerard McMurray from a screenplay by franchise creator James DeMonaco. Jason Blum produced with Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, and Sébastien K. Lemercier. I starred Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Steve Harris. Universal Pictures released it back on July 4, 2018.