I wasn’t the greatest fan of the first Purge movie, but I really enjoyed the sequel. Titled Anarchy, the film certainly delivered a heightened sense of anarchy and chaos, and expanding on the ideas from the first film, and almost heading into a kind of Running Man style film made it extremely exciting. Casting Frank Grillo was a smart move too.
I am all for a third film, and last year producer Brad Fuller stated “it’s called the annual Purge for a reason”, hinting that we would be getting a new Purge film annually. Sadly that now is not the case, and the third Purge film, which is still without a director, has been confirmed for a US release date of July 1st 2016. The UK will follow shortly after.
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.” DeMonaco returns to write the film.
In September The Purge: Anarchy actor Michael K. Williams said he will “most definitely” be back as Carmelo Jones, who Williams claims was “set up” by the authorities.
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 has extended a decade.