'The Purge' Heading to TV as 'Interwoven Anthology'

Director/writer James DeMonaco confirms plan to develop a television series based on his horror movie franchise.

AceShowbiz - After three commercially-successful movies, "The Purge" is now coming to the small screen. The franchise's writer/director James DeMonaco confirms in an interview with CinemaBlend the future plan for his horror story.

"Yes! Not an anthology," he says before adding, "I guess kind of an anthology -- more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks."

He believes "The Purge" will make a better TV series than a movie. "The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can't do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can't get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night," he explains.

"Whether it's revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that's gone haywire on this night, but let's show everything that's led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife - the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems."

The filmmaker adds, "It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there's something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV - 10 hours, potentially."

How is the status of the project? "They're far ahead on the TV front," he opens up, "pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we're talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it's being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything."

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