James DeMonaco Returns to Write and Direct Sequel to 'The Purge'
Shortly after The Purge hit theaters, news surfaced that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures were already beginning development on a sequel to the film that starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The film was produced for a budget of just $3 million, and the film went on to make just over $87 million at the box office. It wasn't a sensation, but considering the high concept, there are some great areas left to explore in this world where crime is made legal for 12 hours one night every year. Now Variety has word James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct the sequel, but we're still in the dark with the story.
However, Bloody Disgusting pointed out something interesting before news of the director's return was confirmed. They note that Production Weekly tweeted that a film called The Zone was going to start shooting in Los Angeles in December. Coincidentally, the film is being produced by Jason Blum and Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production banner and will be distributed by Universal with DeMonaco writing and directing. They hypothesize that The Zone just might be the The Purge 2. After all, they point out that California’s Film and Television Tax Credit gave the sequel approval for a $2.25 million tax credit from the state of California, but they have to start shooting by January. The question now is if the sequel is called The Zone, what does the title mean for our story? Stay tuned.