The Purge returns in 2018, with both a TV series and a fourth feature. James DeMonaco, who created the franchise and directed the first three installments, has revealed the title of the fourth film — Purge: The Island.
In The Purge franchise, the United States has made all crime, including rape and murder, legal for 12 hours, one day a year. The theory behind this is that giving society an "outlet" for its rage keeps the country mostly crime-free the rest of the year. The Island in the title refers to Staten Island in New York. The film is a prequel, showing us the very first, experimental Purge that took place there.
In an interview with Vulture, DeMonaco explains how the government gets people to start Purging.
"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.”
The Purge just keeps taking us down darker and darker political paths.
In the same interview, DeMonaco gives an update on The Purge TV series.
“The movies are more like events. In the TV show I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people. We’re going back six months or two years or into their childhood to see some things that might’ve fed into their decision-making on this particular Purge … Ten hours is allowing us to get deeper into character and deeper into why people would actually consider violence as an option ever.”
DeMonaco is executive-producing the TV series, and writing Purge: The Island, but he has passed directing responsibilities to Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands).