Universal Pictures have officially announced that thee sequel to horror film, The Purge, will hit theaters on June 20th, 2014. James DeMonaco is returning as writer and director alongside Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes to produce.
Thew film starred Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Ollier, and Arija Bareikis. The idea ofThe Purge is very similar to the Krypteia tradition every autumn of ancient Sparta. In the year 2022, the United States has become “a nation reborn” thanks to the New Founding Fathers of America. Crime and unemployment rates hitting an all-time low due to the government having instituted an annual 12-hour period called “the Purge” during which all criminal activity (including murder, theft, and rape) becomes legal. The only rules during the Purge is that government officials of “ranking 10 or higher” must remain unharmed and usage of weaponry above “Class 4” (such as WMDs) is forbidden. Also, the police and emergency services are suspended during this time and anyone who doesn’t follow the rules of the Purge will be executed. The Purge is designed to act as a catharsis for the American people, so that they may vent all negative emotions and repressed urges however and on whomever they desire.
The Purge was the first collaboration between Blumhouse and Universal. The decision to move forward on The Purge 2 was made shortly after the opening weekend success of The Purge, which, on a $3 million budget, earned an impressive $34 million at the box office.