For five years, The Purge franchise has been delivering political and social commentary mixed in with dystopian horror that seemed to be in a race to stay ahead of real world events. But all things must come to an end, and The Purge‘s end time might be soon in coming.
Franchise creator James DeMonaco spoke with Entertainment Weekly and the writer of and/director of three films in the franchise says he has an idea for the next film that will end the franchise:
“I have it in my head. I think I’m going to write it. I think it’s a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.”
For those of you are not familiar with the franchise, it takes place in an alternate reality where in 2014, a totalitarian government took power and instituted “The Purge,” a 12-hour span of time in March where all crime, including murder, is legal. The policy results in the crime and unemployment rates dropping to 1%, but the violence becomes aimed at the poor and working class as a way to keep their numbers under control.
The final film will most likely take place after the third film in the series, 2016’s The Purge: Election Night (This year’s The First Purge was a prequel that showed how the program started). Election Night ended by turning the concept around in a new direction, one that could very well lead to a grim and violent ending.
More on this as it develops.