‘The Purge’ Franchise Might Extend Beyond “Forever”

Horror franchises have a way of finding that second wind…and that second life. Fans just don’t want to let go.

The Purge series was expected to end with next week’s The Forever Purge, but that may not be the case. And that news comes straight from the horse’s mouth–series creator/writer James DeMonaco, according to comicbook.com. It seems he has already started writing a sixth film in the series.

DeMonaco said in a recent interview that he had originally intended for The Forever Purge–slated to hit theaters July 2–“to be the last one, up until four months ago when I woke up and had an idea for The Purge 6. I had this idea…we can maybe continue this in a way that people can enjoy. I’m actually outlining it right now.”

DeMonaco added that he would “leave it to the audience to tell us if they want more of it. But we’re ready. I have another one if they want it.”

Series producer Jason Blum seems to be of the same mind in this regard. “I’m trying to make him write more,” Blum said in an interview. “I would never do it without James. I wouldn’t hire someone else to do Purge movies. I’m going to try and talk him into a few more.”

The Forever Purge–from Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes–is directed by Everardo Gout from a screenplay by DeMonaco. The film stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Will Patton, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman and Leven Rambin.

The original 2013 The Purge–written and directed by DeMonaco–told the story of a dystopian America that celebrated an annual holiday called the Purge when all crime–including murder–was legal for a wild and deadly 12-hour period. To date, the franchise has earned an impressive $450 million worldwide on a combined budget of just $35 million.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the fate of The Purge universe.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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