There’s no mistake that The Purge film series has hit a tone with the public. The film series based on the insane premise that for one day a year, all crime would be legal for 12 hours, including murder. The first film was a simple survival horror film disguised as a home invasion film. The second and the third film opened up the “Purge universe” and showed the craziness of that world where for 12 hours it’s pure anarchy. The film series has grossed more than $314 million. Turns out, there might be even more in store for the world of The Purge.
Recently director James DeMonaco was asked about the possibility of The Purge becoming a TV series.
“Dude, it’s so weird you bring that up. Yes! 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.”
Given the nature of The Purge, the show would have to be on some sort of cable or streaming service and would probably be a 10 episode season. While talking about doing it on television versus another 90+ minute movie, the director said 10 hours would give a great insight into a “purger” as you could see through their eyes.
“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.”
When asked about the actual status of a Purge TV show, DeMonaco said things are moving very quickly. Given the popularity of the film series, it’s no surprise.
“I think so, dude, yeah! They’re far ahead on the TV front… pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we’re talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it’s being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything.”
Given that a Purge Night takes place over 12 hours, it would probably be great to make a full 12 episode season, and make it a “real time” show almost like 24. That way it could give the ins and outs of an actual purge night, from start to finish.