I was a quite disappointed with The Purge, but the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, injected some brilliance to the series, and I really enjoyed it. Opening the story up to a bigger scale, adding the always brilliant Frank Grillo, getting nastier, edgier and way more thrilling, the second Purge really was great.
If James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed both films, can keep on improving, then I am all for a third film.
The third Purge film was kind of confirmed by producer Brad Fuller back in August when he stated “Well, it’s called the annual Purge for a reason, so it should stand to reason” However, now Deadline have officially confirmed that the third film is in development.
After the sequel The Purge: Anarchy surpassed the original film’s $91 million worldwide gross on its way to $110 million, Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes have begun development on a third installment of the fright film.
Both Purge films were made on a combined budget of just $12 million, yet have grossed over $200 million in worldwide box office sales. No surprise then that a third film is being made, with the King of low budget horror Jason Blum returning to produce.
“I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become,” DeMonaco told Deadline, “and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise.”
Returning as producers will be Sebastian Lemercier, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. The franchise is part of the wide ranging deal between fright factory Blumhouse and Universal, which was just extended a decade.