Blumhouse & Universal Already Developing a Sequel to 'The Purge'
After a surprisingly successful opening weekend at the top of the box office, the original horror film The Purge from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures is getting the sequel treatment. Blumhouse tweeted the news last night, simply stating: "The Purge 2 is in development." As of now there's no word on whether writer/director James De Monaco will return, or if cast members Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, and Adelaide Kane will be back either (we won't spoil whether or not they all survive), but considering the intriguing premise behind the first film, we're hoping the scope expands.
The Purge takes place in a world where the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. There have been complaints that the first film wastes this brilliant concept on a generic home invasion thriller, but some have also said there's plenty to enjoy about this horror thriller. It would be nice to see the sequel dive deeper into the universe and not just repeat the same formula with a different family. Thoughts?