According to writer/director James DeMonaco, The Purge franchise could be expanding to television.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, DeMonaco, who created all three Purge films, stated, “They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.”
That’s a cool idea. The Purge has an incredibly robust and flexible premise, and all kinds of stories could be told within its framework. TV would also allow more breathing room, narratively speaking, which DeMonaco acknowledged. “…the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are.”
Spitballing here, but what we’d like to see is a Purge story set at the US border, with Canadian or Mexican security forces dealing with the flood of refugees trying to get out of the States before Purge Night. That’d be some timely satire right there.
The Purge: Election Night screens at the 2016 SciFi Film Festival on Thursday, October 20. You can read our review here.