Blumhouse Productions and filmmaker James DeMonaco have done quite well with the 2013 thriller The Purge and its two subsequent sequels The Purge: Anarchy in 2014 and The Purge: Election Year two years back. The three movies so far have grossed $319.8 million worldwide with 2/3rds of that amount made in North America alone.
Over the course of three movies, DeMonaco has done a good job explaining the principal of the Purge while introducing new characters with each movie, but those wanting to know how it all began only needs to wait until the 4th of July when Universal Pictures releases THE FIRST PURGE. In anticipation, the studio has released the first trailer, as well as a new poster and a couple stills.
The First Purge is once again written by James DeMonaco with Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands) taking over the directing duties. It stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei, and it’s produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes and DeMonaco’s production partner Sébastien K. Lemercier. Exec. producers are Steve Molen, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson
The official synopsis for the new film is:
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor