Director and Screenwriter James DeMonaco to Take Plunge Into ‘Purge’ Sequel

By November 6, 2013

The Purge

So you’ve written and directed one of the unexpected smash hits of the entire year – a horror film that features both creepy masks and Ethan Hawke, basically horror film catnip – what are you going to do next? How about make another one? That’s precisely what The Purge writer and director James DeMonaco is set to do, ensuring that the second trip into a world with one lawless day has a shot at holding on to what made the first one a hit.

Variety reports that DeMonaco is set to return for a second round of his hugely successful film, and he will both write and direct the new feature for Universal and Blumhouse, as he did with the first. The first film was a tremendous hit – made for a scant $3 million, it pulled in $87 million at the box office – and the announcement of a sequel, paired with its recent home video release should only mean more money for its team.


The sequel to the film was announced while the first film was still dominating the box office, but it’s been previously unclear what DeMonaco’s role would be in the new production. Horror film sequels – especially popular ones – are often passed on to other talents, thanks to sudden demand for their original creators and a desire to pump out the next one, so it’s good news that DeMonaco is staying on for the second film.

On the business side of things, The Purge 2 received a conditional approval on June 3 for California’s Film and Television Tax Credit program, meaning that if the producers wish to capitalize on a credit that could cover up to 25% of the film’s total budget, they would need to begin shooting by the end of this year. Didn’t we say something about a desire to pump out the next one?

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Kate Erbland
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