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Purge 4 will be set during the first ever Purge Night


There is a new Purge movie in the works, but this time we will see the events of the first ever Purge Night.

Created by James DeMonaco, the Purge movies are about an America where citizens are allowed to commit virtually any crime on a designated night of the year.

DeMonaco is writing Purge 4 and is also heavily involved in a TV show spin-off which will air on USA and SYFY. However, the new film will be directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands).

The fourth installment, which may be called Purge: Island, will be set on Staten Island during the first “experimental” Purge.

“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it,” said DeMonaco to EW. “People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, the manipulation upon the society. That’s where it becomes, sadly, I think, very topical right now with the current administration.”

The TV show, meanwhile, will be set in the middle of the Purge timelines, when just over half a dozen of the annual events have taken place.

“In the TV show, I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people,” said DeMonaco. “We’re going back six months or two years or into their childhood to see some things that might’ve fed into their decision-making on this particular Purge. The long form is actually allowing it to become more of a character study, which is kind of cool, instead of a singular event of surviving the night. We have a black female lead. We have a young Puerto Rican brother and sister. We have an Asian character. It’s opening [the story] up, in a way. Ten hours is allowing us to get deeper into character, and deeper into why people would actually consider violence as an option. We’ll see it next year.”

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