James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” was, well, interesting. It had a pretty cool premise, but the execution was a tad lacking. Though granted, there were some nifty moments throughout, overall, it wasn’t nearly as intelligent as it seemed to think it was. But of course, that didn’t stop the film from grossing $89 million worldwide from a miniscule $3 million dollar budget.
(Though you have to remember, the budget here is not what’s important. Films like these put all their money on promotion and advertising, so saying the first movie “only” cost $3 million is deceptive. Even if you were to add in a generous the P&A cost, though, the film still turned a hefty profit in theaters, not counting cable, DVD/Blu-ray sales, and downloads.)
Which means, yes, “The Purge 2” is coming, with original writer/director James DeMonaco also back.
This time around, Frank Grillo will take over as the film’s lead (Ethan Hawke played our hero in the first movie). As for the plot, it will probably involve yet another family becoming endangered during the world’s “purge day”. That is, after all, the premise that sold the first movie. I don’t see them tinkering with it anytime soon.
Grillo is coming off “Homeland” with Jason Statham, and he’s got “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, where he’ll play the villain Crossbones, and “A Conspiracy On Jekyll Island”, where he’ll play the male lead, in the pipeline.
“The Purge 2” opens June 20, 2014.
Via : Deadline