The Purge 4 will be a prequel, says creator

This year the third ‘Purge’ movie was released in cinemas, following on from 2014′s ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ and its 2013 original. And now it seems we could see a fourth film alongside a proposed TV show.

Franchise writer-director James DeMonaco reckons there will be a ‘The Purge 4′, even though fans believed we’d seen the final part of a trilogy over the summer.

Warning: The Purge: Election Year spoilers to follow.

At the end of the latest film we see Senator Charlie Roan emerge the victor and ban the annual purging event henceforth. So where would another movie (and indeed a television series) take us?

Speaking to Cinema Blend, DeMonaco is confident of both happening, even if he won’t be as hands-on as usual.

“I don’t think I’ll direct it. 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 - this presidential figure. 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?”

So it appears the franchise will gain a new helmer to continue the horror series, which looks increasingly like it’ll be a prequel or a (dreaded) origin story.

But unlike many, many origin stories we’ve seen regurgitated over the years seeing how the yearly purge came about does sound intriguing.

“I think there’s something interesting in that. I don’t think I’ll direct, between you and I. You can print that, I mean. I’m thinking of maybe writing or at least producing it, to make sure it stays true to what I like about the movies.”

It’ll be interesting see who does end up helming the next one, with its fan base and huge financial success already in place, and whether its audience will embrace a new voice and possible direction.

The first three movies cost a combined total of $22 million to make, which, in Hollywood terms, is next to nothing. It’s subsequently taken around $317 million, which is hugely impressive.

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