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Blumhouse & Universal Already Developing a Sequel to 'The Purge'

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June 11, 2013
Source: Blumhouse Productions

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?

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments

1

Pretty mediocre movie. I won't ever see it again and Iikely won't see a sequel.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 11, 2013

2

Another tv series in theaters... Why not, right?

Isildur_of_Numenor on Jun 11, 2013

3

It looked pretty shan-barrels, all the review said it was dungsleep, doubt I'll ever watch part 1, never mind part 2.

Carpola on Jun 11, 2013

4

The flick was o.k. There were many wasted opportunities to make this a truly deep, thought-provoking feature while scaring the hell out of the audience. Having typed that, it wouldn't hurt to take a different angle for the sequel--like the government and their agenda(s), instead of a run-of-the-mill, generic stupid family who places themselves in that predicament voluntarily. Hawke was actually the only smart, rational one who gives in to the cries of his family! I thought he played his role fantastically! But, really, to those who haven't seen this flick---wait for Netflix.

Spider on Jun 11, 2013

5

Looks like a big concept that is sure to deliver nothing more than a retread home invasion flick...

gigerbrick on Jun 11, 2013

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