Near-future horror series The Purge in development as murder-y TV series

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Sep 30, 2016

Across three films The Purge has proven to be a surprisingly successful, near-future horror franchise (and it’s even taken on some political satire along the way!). Now it’s headed to the small screen.

The franchise’s creator, James D’Monaco (he’s written and directed all three films), has now revealed to Cinema Blend that The Purge is in active development as a television series. D’Monaco said he believes the storytelling tool of Purge Night could make for a fascinating miniseries approach. Potentially, he said the TV adaptation could weave in Purge Night with flashback stories to peel back the layers of the characters and how they ended up … wherever they are.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“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 … 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.”

You’d think the Purge gimmick would be getting stale at this point, but The Purge: Election Year was actually one of the best of the bunch — and made more money than either of the first two films. So there’s no doubt The Purge is as hot as ever. As for a series, though, you’d imagine it’d almost have to land at a cable network — considering the content.

What do you think? Would you like to see Purge Night on a weekly basis?

(Via Cinema Blend)

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