The next purge has been put on hold.
Fan may have to wait a bit longer for the much-anticipated The Purge 6, despite the screenplay already having been written, according to franchise creator James DeMonaco.
During a recent interview with The Playlist, DeMonaco said he wrote the script and Universal Studios has it, but “there are concerns about the budget. I think they’re scared about the budget.” The upshot of all this, he said, is that the film is “kinda in limbo.”
This sixth entry, DeMonaco said, “presents a fractured America–it’s separated by ideology and sexual preference. The states are broken down in different ways.”
DeMonaco added that his impetus to come back and direct a sixth installment in the franchise was to “do something bigger and more epic in scope, and to bring back Frank Grillo’s character.”
In this new film, Grillo will reprise his Leo Barnes character that appeared in The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. The actor said the new script “focuses on my Leo Barnes character,” adding that “we’re trying to see if we can pull this off before I’m in the old folks’ home.”
The original 2013 The Purge–written and directed by DeMonaco–is set in a dystopian America that celebrates an annual holiday called The Purge–when all crime (including murder) is legal for a 12-hour period.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on The Purge 6.