Deadline is reporting that USA Network has renewed The Purge TV series for a second season. Based on the popular film franchise from Blumhouse, the series has been USA’s highest rated drama of the season, averaging 2.3 million viewers. Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, stated “The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge’s successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2.”
If there’s one franchise could provide potentially limitless content it would have to be The Purge. The series has spawned four films and a TV series which is currently airing on the USA Network. Franchise creator James DeMonaco recently told Entertainment Weekly that he has an idea for the next entry in the series, which he also thinks will be the last.
“I have it in my head,” says DeMonaco. “I think I’m going to write it. I think it’s a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.” read more
Have your ever wondered: “what is America?” Well, the new trailer for the upcoming The Purge TV series has your answer!
The latest trailer was unveiled at SDCC this past weekend at a panel featuring producer Jason Blum, Purge creator James DeMonaco, director Anthony Hemingway, producer Brad Fuller, showrunner Tom Kelly, the First Purge star Lex Scott Davis and series stars Amanda Warren, Gabriel Chavarria and Fiona Dourif.
DeMonaco is excited to explore the world of the Purge to a greater degree in the TV series, stating that “Time is the biggest factor on a very practical level. We had 10 hours to explore things we couldn’t even attempt to do in the movie. That gives us the real estate to get into characters more and use a flashback structure to go off purge. Here we go back five years before the purge, 3 months before the purge, 2 days before the purge. So we’ll see how this society exists within the purge landscape. It allows us to go deeper into the world and explore beyond the one night.” read more
“How do you like to celebrate the holiday” was the question of the day at the Comic-Con offsite activation for the new USA television show, “The Purge.” In spectacular fashion, the show took to advertising by way of renting out an entire local store and turning it into “Purge City” where you can stock up on all of your 28th Amendment needs. Fans could “shop” for their purge needs with Purge Dollars that were given to them as they entered the activation. Sections were arranged for parties, both going out to enjoy the Purge or staying in to survive it. Friendly staff was also on hand to help you choose an appropriate item. See below for some photos of the store. read more
This July 19 through July 22, 2018 is Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Also known by its previous name as San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), this is a massive pop-culture convention with attendance in the range of 130,000 attendees annually. The convention is so well attended that it has reached capacity in the San Diego Convention Center and has been moving events to the adjacent hotels, facilities, and the Gaslamp District to create a campus-like setting. Attendees are able to enjoy not just panels and events inside the convention center, but also areas called “activations” or “off sites” that are in coordination with other companies, such as AMC and USA networks and Facebook Live. While this helps to distribute crowds, it also provides a feeling of having something special everywhere you look in the downtown San Diego area. read more
It was an uphill battle for The First Purge, but Universal’s riotous film was still able to manage fourth place at a very competitive (and profitable) summer box office weekend. The fourth film in the franchise raked in $17 million this weekend, bringing The First Purge’s total to $31 million for the Independence Day week (the film opened on Wednesday).
How does this entry stack up against the previous films? The weekend box office is the softest in the franchise’s history, but this is certainly due to the early opening. The film will most likely pass the original Purge’s worldwide totals ($89.3 million), but the film will be hard pressed to top either The Purge: Anarchy or The Purge: Election Night. Reaching the fourth film in any franchise is certainly an accomplishment, but it does get more and more difficult to lure ticket buyers back to the theater. Universal made the smart move to inject some life into the series by hiring new director Gerard McMurray (and you can read an interview with the director right here), but it might not be enough to cement the film’s solvency going forward. read more
Deadline is reporting that Fiona Dourif has been tapped for a recurring role in the upcoming Purge series. Dourif will portray the cult leader “Tavis,” a character that is adored be her many followers.
Dourif is known for playing the role of “Nica Pierce” in the Child’s Play film franchise, the same set of films that made her father Brad Dourif (the voice of Chucky) a horror legend. The actress has also appeared in Fear Clinic, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and True Blood.
Joining Dourif on the set of the series will be Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Lili Simmons and Colin Woodell. Franchise creator, James DeMonaco will oversee the series, which will spotlight what life is like the other 364 days of the year outside of the lawful lawlessness and how the annual purge affects people everyday. read more
Another year, another Purge film. Today Universal released the official trailer for their upcoming film The First Purge. This prequel shows the birth of the very first “official Purge” as the government tests a new sociological theory that allows citizens to vent their frustration and aggression in one secluded community for one night only.
The trailer is what horror fans have come to expect from the bloody franchise. For two minutes and thirty seconds, we are plunged into a world where everyday citizens must fight for survival against ruthless killers, hellbent on chaos and destruction. The scene is not an unfamiliar one for franchise enthusiasts. This time around the film stars Marisa Tomei, Mo McRae, Patch Darragh, Steve Harris, Lex Scott Davis, Jermel Howard, Melonie Diaz, Luna Loren Velez, Joivan Wade, and Y’lan Noel. read more
In April of last year, genre powerhouse Blumhouse announced its venture into the world of television with The Purge TV series. Based on the film franchise and its premise of the annual night of lawlessness, the series is slated for release this year. Deadline is reporting today that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza have been tapped to play the lead roles in the upcoming series for USA and SyFy.
Chavarria will be portraying Miguel, a US Marine who returns to town on Purge night, with Garza portraying his sister Penelope. Penelope has pledged herself to a Purge cult, which seems like it would set the writers up to deepen the plot for plenty of episodes. Last Spring, Jason Blum revealed that “it will reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.” read more
New Line Cinema is moving The Conjuring Spin-off The Nun to a less competitive fall release date, praying that lightning strikes twice for the company on September 7th.
Last year, New Line debuted It on the same weekend in September and laughed like an evil clown all the way to the bank, as the film dominated the fall box office. While The Nun will certainly do less business at the box office than It did, the move is a smart one for the company. The Nun was originally scheduled for a mid-July release, sandwiched between Ant Man and the Wasp, the fourth Purge film, and the recently rescheduled The Equalizer 2. read more