The Purge film franchise is probably one of the most profitable franchises we have seen in recent years. The Purge was made on a $3 million budget and earned a lifetime total of $89.3 at the box office, while The Purge: Anarchy was made on a $9 million budget and earned $108 million at the box office. Pretty impressive numbers for both films considering they were made on a six-figure budget. So Universal hopes to strike gold again with The Purge 3. Not only that but James Demonaco, who wrote and directed the first two films, will return to serve as writer and director once more.
The Purge is set in America, where a newly established government helped lower crime to an all-time low, raised the number of jobs to an all time high, and poverty is no where in sight. All of that is thanks to an annual event called “The Purge.” During this time, all crime is legal for 12 hours. In the first film, we focus on the family, whose riches couldn’t even protect them inevitable bloodshed. The second one however, flip that story on its head and focused on a group who couldn’t afford the luxury of a high-powered defense system, and a man who had a vendetta.
Here’s what DeMonaco told Deadline:
“I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise.”
DeMonaco may have actually planted the seeds of a sequel beforehand. In Anarchy, fans are introduced to Carmelo Jones (played by Michael K. Williams), a leader of a group of rebels who are against the government and the idea of the purge.
And that’s where the third film could possibly be headed. Williams has stated that he would like to return to reprise his role as Carmelo. So with the third one already greenlit, it only makes sense that DeMonaco take this route.
No release date has been set, nor a cast officially confirmed, but you can bet that Williams may be the first one to be officially announced.