Release Date: June 7, 2013 Distributor: Universal Director: James DeMonaco Screenwriter: James DeMonaco Starring: Ethan Hawk, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield MPAA Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence and some language)
In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity – including murder – is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
Universal and Blumhouse PIctures announced that a sequel to The Purge (which doesn’t have an official title at the time of this writing) is going to open on June 20, 2014.
Returning alongside James DeMonaco (who will write, direct and produce) the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
Production Weekly tweeted some details about a new Blumhouse Production. According to the trade, Jame DeMonaco will direct The Zone for producer Jason Blum and Michael Bay. It adds that Universal will distribute.
Hmm, Blum, Bay, Universal and DeMonaco. The last time this quartet came together, it was for The Purge. Is The Zone the name of The Purge sequel that hit the news in June? All signs are pointing to YES. More as it comes in…
Blumhouse Productions, the multi-media production company behind highly successful movies like the Paranormal Activity franchise, Sinister, Insidious and The Purge, announced today that they’ll once again takes over the historic Variety Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles this Halloween season, introducing an all-new, immersive live experience.
Last year, the theater was home to The Blumhouse of Horrors, a haunted house created by producer Jason Blum’s film-production team that attracted rave reviews and capacity crowds. This year, starting Sept. 27, Blumhouse invites horror fans to experience The Purge: Fear the Night, inspired by the backstory to the feature film.
Universal’s summer genre hit, The Purge, is coming to DVD, VOD and Blu-ray on October 8th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The combo pack – which includes DVD, Blu-ray and a digital copy – will include the bonus feature…
Surviving The Night: The Making of The Purge: In this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, viewers discover how an act of road rage inspired writer and director James DeMonaco to create The Purge, what attracted the cast to the project and how the world of 2022 depicted in the film mirrors the world today. Featuring exclusive interviews with stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder and Edwin Hodge, this featurette asks the question: What would it take for The Purge to become reality?
*Updated* The Blumhouse Twitter account confirms a sequel is in development.
Among the 31 projects chosen for the California Film Commission’s tax credit, it appears The Purge 2 made the list. This is a sequel, of course, to this Friday’s release The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Projects are submitted are chosen by lottery.
The first film is set in the not-so-distant future where the American government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity – including murder – is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
Universal and Blumhouse Productions scored big with The Purge, the home invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke. The film topped the summer box office with an estimated $36.3 million, beating out The Internship which was also opening this weekend.
The Purge imagines an America nine years in the future, where on one night a year, all crime is legal.
Opening text states that since the government sanctioned this, the economy has flourished and crime has plummeted, with unemployment currently at one percent (the first eye roll of many in 85 minutes). It’s an absurd premise, but one that might’ve been intriguing as speculative fiction by Aldous Huxley or George Orwell, or even as the kind of outrageous, big-budget satire that studios used to let Paul Verhoeven direct. But without an Aldous, George or Paul at the keyboard or behind the camera, The Purge is just a rote and repetitive home invasion movie.
James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a security specialist who has profited greatly from the annual Purge, which for twelve hours suspends all law enforcement and emergency services. Class warfare becomes literal warfare.