After writing and directing the first three film of The Purge franchise James Demonaco now handing over directorial duties to Burning Sands director Gerard McMurray for The Purge 4, EW reports. Don’t worry, Demonaco did pen the script.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Demonaco gave up a few details about both the upcoming Purge sequel and the spin-off television series.
The film will be set on Staten Island during the first purge.
I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it,” said DeMonaco. “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. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, the manipulation upon the society. That’s where it becomes, sadly, I think, very topical right now with the current administration.”
As for the series,
I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people,” DeMonaco stated. “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. The long form is actually allowing it to become more of a character study, which is kind of cool, instead of a singular event of surviving the night. We have a black female lead. We have a young Puerto Rican brother and sister. We have an Asian character. It’s opening [the story] up, in a way. Ten hours is allowing us to get deeper into character, and deeper into why people would actually consider violence as an option. We’ll see it next year.”
So, when will see The Purge 4? The film is set for release on July 4, 2018. The series will premiere next year as well.