‘The Purge’ Franchise Might Extend Beyond “Forever”

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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