If you’re a fan of the Purge movies, today is your lucky day. The Purge is hitting the small screen and is being adapted for TV by Blumhouse.
The series is currently being created for the USA and SyFy networks and will take place in the same universe as the film, a near future where, for one night a year, all crime is legal. This leads to a night of mayhem and murder that our protagonists have to try and escape.
In conversation with CinemaBlend, creator James DeMonaco described the project as something that can stand on its own.
“Not an anthology … I guess kind of an anthology — more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks," DeMonaco said.
The flashbacks will include what makes people participate in something like the Purge in the first place — what drives a seemingly well-adjusted person to partake in an annual killing spree?
“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,” DeMonaco continued. “I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.”
The show does not yet have an air date, but it looks like the series will have no ties to any of the movies, save for the shared universe. While it would be nice to see some of the characters from films — it would be something familiar for the audience — there is a certain element of fun in having new characters that could be off-ed at any second.
What do you think of a Purge TV show? Will you be tuning in?