The Purge 2 Will Wreak Havoc With Returning Writer-Director James DeMonaco

By Nick Venable 2013-11-06 17:07:55discussion comments
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If thereís one thing indie producer mastermind Jason Blum is great at, itís turning fairly original ideas into films that earn their budget back many times over. And if thereís another thing heís great at, itís raking in even more money by putting out increasingly brainless sequels to a few of those hits. So when we learned that a sequel to James DeMonacoís The Purge had already entered development it was about as surprising as anything that happened in the first film - meaning "not at all." And itís only minutely more shocking to learn that DeMonaco will be coming back to direct the second installment for Universal and Blumhouse.

DeMonaco will also be penning the script to the follow-up, which Platinum Dunes will also be returning to produce. That isnít surprising, since The Purgeís international theatrical run took in over $87 million on a budget that hovered around $3 million. Iím honestly surprised that a dozen other production companies didnít try to get involved for this. I guess itís still early going.

It will be DeMonacoís first film since the original, which only came out in June (I could have sworn it came out last Halloween). Is this something to be happy about? Iím not sure, though I suppose the direction for The Purge sits alongside Ethan Hawke as the only aspects of the film to be considered positive. My main problem with the film was that it treated its ridiculous plot with way too much sincerity, instead of taking it to extremes. When one presents something as over-the-top as a legally binding 12-hour span of violence, I want to catch a little bit of the madness that got that idea pushed through government to begin with. Instead, the craziest the first film got was "the son let that wandering injured man into his house without a second thought." I really hope this sequel ups the ante, rather than just rehashing this story with a different family.

Variety adds that The Purge 2 is one of 31 films getting conditional approval for a tax credit from Californiaís Film and Television Tax Credit Program. Assuming filming begins before the end of the year, along with a meeting a few other stipulations, they will receive a $2.25 million credit once the production is finished and itís proven that the funds were spent in the state itself. That credit alone could have funded most of the first film, so itís no surprise they want to meet those requirements. But that gives DeMonaco less than two months to have a production script ready to go, which doesnít bode well for a deeper film.

Are you guys excited about another half-day of murder and rage?

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