Lock Your Doors: A Purge Prequel And TV Series Are Coming

The answer to the question ‘Could any human possibly survive a marathon of all three Purge movies screened back to back?’ is something even fans (hi!) of the ultra-violent franchise aren’t sure of. But what if we told you that even more Purging is coming soon—and on multiple platforms.

There are people that would argue that three Purges are more than enough Purges (plus, trilogy is so much easier to say than quadrilogy), but those people aren’t in charge at whatever studio it is that makes the cheques out to Purge writer/director James DeMonaco (go figure—it’s Universal).

And so there will be a fourth Purge… and a Purge TV series, too.


While this summer’s Purge: Election Year definitely left the door open for a continuation of the story (something along the lines of an NRA-style revolt against the newly elected US president’s Purge ban maybe?), DeMonaco has decided to turn back the clock and make Purge 4 a prequel.

“I would actually go back and I would try to talk about how it all started. That seems the natural next chapter in this, is to say, ‘Alright, we’ve done this trilogy. We see how it got to this point of someone trying to end it. Now let’s go back and see how the f@#k all this came about. How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year?’ I think there’s something interesting in that,” he told Cinemablend in a recent interview. “I don’t think I’ll direct… [but] I’m thinking of maybe writing or at least producing it, to make sure it stays true to what I like about the movies.”

And while the people in the Purge movie universe only get to Purge once a year, it seems likely that Purge fans will get to enjoy a weekly dose of highly contrived mass killing once the TV series DeMonaco has in development comes out.

“My idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks,” DeMonaco told Cinemablend. “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… It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV.”

So, who’s ready to never go outside again?