With the third film in the series, “The Purge: Election Year,” effectively ending the story – the logical place for the successful “The Purge” franchise to go is back to the beginning.
That’s exactly the case says series creator James DeMonaco who has officially confirmed that the upcoming fourth entry will be titled “The Purge: The Island” and will serve as a prequel.
Speaking with Vulture about the film, which he’s not directing this time as Gerard McMurray will take over the reigns, he also explained something of the storyline which will be set on the very first ‘Purge’ night which takes place on Staten Island:
“I said it’s the first experimental Purge, which I don’t know if I was supposed to say, but now I’ve said it, so you have it. Next July 4, it’ll be coming.”
He also confirms the film will answer one obvious question – why in the world don’t people just leave the cities during the annual night of government sanctioned crime. He says a big reason is a financial incentive:
“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the manipulation upon the society.”
DeMonaco is also working on a “Purge” TV series set in the days between purges. “The Purge: The Island” opens in cinemas in July next year.