It came as little surprise that Frank Grillo would be returning for the third film in “The Purge” series when it was announced last week. The talented actor has garnered a sizeable fanbase in recent years for his committed performances, and the actor was easily the shining light of the sequel.
What may surprise you to learn though is that writer/director James DeMonaco didn’t even have a script for the third “Purge” and wasn’t going to do it without Grillo back onboard – unexpected considering the series is seen are more of anthology style deal with only the concept carrying over between entries. Speaking about it at the Television Critics Association tour yesterday, Grillo tells Slashfilm:
“They didn’t have a script. They just called and said, ‘Would you be interested if we had a great script?’ DeMonaco called and said, ‘If it’s with you, I’ll do it.’ He and Universal came up with this, he’s wonderful at this. He wrote a script. I didn’t think it would be better but I think it’s better than the second one.
We did Purge 2 and I was really doing it as a one off. I loved the script. I love James DeMonaco and I’m a big fan of that genre of movie. The kind of action/thriller ’70s B movie, if done right, is my kind of movie, is why I used to go to the movies when I was a kid. Then the movie was a real big success and people seemed to like my character. Universal said, ‘Let’s do it again.'”
The comments come as sun shines on Grillo’s current day job – DirecTV’s gritty MMA gym-set drama series “Kingdom”. After a successful ten-episode first season launch last year, the network opted to renew the show for a further twenty episodes.
Appearing at the show’s TCA panel on the weekend, series creator Byron Balasco says that these episodes will constitute two further ten-episode seasons rather than a longer second season, and will be filmed back to back.
Even better though? The network says no-one is thinking in terms of bringing “Kingdom” to an end at this point and is confident they’ll order more episodes – but stopped just shy of committing to it in front of the audience. The show’s second season premieres October 14th.