One of the films scheduled for release this year that doesn’t have much information available is the sequel to last year’s surprise hit “The Purge” from Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes.
Though due for release in late June, filming hasn’t actually begun as yet as the micro budget project requires very little production time. Now, both the film’s star Zach Gilford and producer Brad Fuller have spoken about the project this past week.
Like the first film, the story is set in a near future America on the one night of the year when all crime is legal. While the first film was essentially a home invasion tale, this one will take it to the streets. He tells Crave Online:
“It’s not a home invasion movie. This is you’re out in the streets with people purging and a group of people who get stuck in the middle of it and have to get from point A to point B.”
Gilford elaborates on that, explaining to Fangoria that it isn’t just a different group but a whole different city:
“I thought they had a really great way to do a sequel because the first one took place in an upscale suburb with what happens to a family there when their security system doesn’t work.
With this one, there’s none of the same characters, but it’s the same day of the year and it takes place in the city where there are no security systems and it’s just like a war zone where people are just trying to survive. So I thought it was pretty interesting to take that concept and to look at it from a different angle.”
In related news, Fuller says that despite Platinum Dunes’ reboot of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” being the company’s highest grossing film worldwide, nothing is moving on the sequel. He puts the reason down to rights holders New Line:
“I’d love to do another one. That’s up to New Line and if they want to do it, they will. New Line had such a huge hit with ‘The Conjuring’ and it feels like New Line might be moving away from the kind of horror with a lot of blood [and] more towards what ‘The Conjuring’ was. At least that’s what I’ve heard.”