The Purge 4 Will Be a Prequel

Posted 2017/09/09 0 0

The upcoming The Purge: The Island will relate to the previous trilogy of movies.


In a new interview with Vulture, writer and director James DeMonaco shared new information about the upcoming fourth movie in his Purge franchise, currently called The Purge: The Island.

I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, the manipulation upon the society. That’s where it becomes, sadly, I think, very topical right now with the current administration.

The franchise is also working on a TV spin-off which will be set after Purge: The Island and before the third film, Purge: Election Year, exploring how the decision for a lawful murder festival became legal. DeMonaco also offered some details on the upcoming TV show:

The TV show takes place between the first Purge and the last movie. We’re kind of right in the middle of all the Purge timelines, so it’s before Charlie Roan. It’s way after the New Founding Fathers of America have come into power. But in the next Purge movie, Purge Four, the NFFA has just come into power and come up with this crazy conceit of the Purge to help a dying economy. So if 20 Purges have taken place, or 15, we’re probably on the seventh or eighth in the TV show.

The first three films in the franchise have been remarkably successful for Blumhouse, as they depict the impact on US citizens in a dystopian future, as they try to survive the annual “Purge Night” where all crime is made legal for 12 hours. Whereas the first film focused on a home-invasion scenario, both The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year centred on a single character played by actor Frank Grillo. When Election Year finished, it seemed to suggest that political and social opposition would prevent further Purges from taking place. With that in mind, the announcement of a fourth film raised questions as to what the plot would entail. The film was however given a firm summer 2018 release date, and although DeMonaco has directed all three previous films, indie filmmaker Gerard McMurray was announced as the new director.

Although DeMonaco isn’t actually the director on this film, he is still the writer and remains very much the guiding force behind the film and the TV series in development. He is very keen to continue with what he believes are politically relevant themes, but also deliver a “fun action horror” film. Hopefully we’ll be able to see for ourselves in July 2018 when The Purge: The Island is released.