Fans have been eagerly awaiting news about USA and Syfy’s series adaptation of The Purge. New details have now come to light thanks to creator James DeMonaco’s discussion with EW.
Executive producer Jason Blum already revealed that show will open with “an entirely new chapter in America’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness,” one that will “reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.”
DeMonaco has clarified that the series is not all set on the night of the annual Purge.
I’d say it’s 70, 65 percent Purge Night and then 30 percent flashback,” DeMonaco told EW. “We follow four what-seem-to-be separate storylines of people going out on the evening and experiencing the Purge. The real estate of the 10 hours of the TV allows us to use flashback, where we flashback out of the Purge world, into the regular lives, the non-Purge days, of this future America. We get to see who these people are when it’s not Purge Night and the events that led them to where they are on the particular Purge night that we are following.”
He went on to say, “The real estate of TV lets us truly analyze why anyone would resort to violence on Purge Night. So, it’s a slower burn. Whereas the movies are kind of a punch in the face — you know, these big events — I think the TV show, with the real estate of it, allows us to truly analyze why anyone would pick up a gun or a knife to solve a problem. We really get to examine the night, and the intricacies of the evening, and the nuances of the evening, and the different kinds of people who are out on the streets in a way that I just couldn’t do in the movies.”
William Baldwin (Backdraft), Lili Simmons (Ray Donovan), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers), Colin Woodell (Unsane), Hannah Anderson (New Mutants), Lee Tergesen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High), and Jessica Garza (Six) star. The pilot will be directed by Anthony Hemingway.
The series from Blumhouse Television (The Jinx) and Universal Cable Productions (Mr. Robot) is executively produced by franchise creator James DeMonaco, Jason Blum, Micahel Bay, Brad Fuller, Sebastian K. Lemercier, Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes, and Thomas Kelly who also serves as showrunner.