I have something of a love-hate relationship with The Purge movies, conceptually the three films from James DeMonaco are enticing with their “all crime is legal for one night” shenanigans. However, the high-concept can’t make up for lack of depth and scope to the visceral world of the near future.
During an interview with CinemaBlend, James DeMonaco has teased that the Purge might be making a move to the small screen.
“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. 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.”
A shift to TV might sound like a crazy idea for a still financially viable franchise; the recent Election Night grossed more than $115 million worldwide from a $10 million budget. Be that as it may, I have always found The Purge movies too narrow, and it always boils down to cold-blooded murder. Sure, kill your annoying neighbour who is practicing his drumming skills at 4am, but this world has so much more to offer than masked psychos.
There is currently no word on a fourth theatrically released Purge, and according to CinemaBlend, the TV spin-off could be ready by next year as deals are being done as I type these words.