The Purge has become a popular franchise now which started with the first film, The Purge, in 2013. The American franchise is set in a dystopian society and centers around the action-horror witnessed in disliked near future. The films of the franchise are distributed by Universal Pictures while they are produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. All the films are mainly created by James DeMonaco. James DeMonaco has directed the first three installments of the franchise and written screenplays for all of them. The fifth installment of the franchise is due to be released.
The story of the films of the franchise centers around the basic plot that the in-future America celebrates a national holiday called ‘The Purge’ where crimes like arson, theft, rape, and even murder are legalized for 12 hours. This whole law leads to a lot of chaos on the purge day. As a result of this, the virtual crime rate of the country has almost become zero percent and the economy is very much boosted up. The stock market and the weapon business bloom because of this and the economy has risen.
These crimes are not allowed against government officials. Even the emergency services are unavailable for the 12-hour long purge. In every movie, we see people struggling to save themselves from the wrath of criminals during the purge without the help of any emergency services which leaves them almost helpless.
All the films have received mixed reviews because of the cliché plot but it also received praise for the idea, though, screenplay, and presentation. Up until now, the franchise has gross earnings of 450 million USD against a 35 million USD budget.
Release Date and More
The first movie was called ‘The Purge’ and was released in 2013. A second film, named ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ was released in 2014. The third film called ‘The Purge: Election Year’ was released in 2016. The fourth installment of the series called ‘The First Purge’ was released in 2018. A fifth installment named as ‘The Forever Purge’ is set to premiere in 2021.
Additionally, a television series was also produced of the same name as ‘The Purge’. The first season premiered on September 4 2018 on USA Network. It was renewed for a second season in November 2018 and it was premiered on October 15th, 2019. The television series was finally canceled after the two seasons in May 2020.
The fifth installment is intended to be the last one as hinted by the makers earlier.
But before you get disheartened over this fact let us tell you something that would give some hope. The producer Jason Blum has revealed that it may not be the end yet. He wants to continue the franchise for a couple more films and he would talk to the creator James DeMonaco about the same. It feels like we could get some more sequels to the original film.
The confirmed news is yet to be released but this statement from Jason Blum has given fans some hope to see more of their favorite franchise.