In the creepy alternate universe of James DeMonaco’s The Purge, society has made an unsettling bargain: crime is at an all-time low and the economy is doing well, but for 12 hours of a single night each year there are no rules whatsoever. The wealthy batten down the hatches of their expensive security systems and everyone else is left to fend for themselves as best they can as free-for-all murder, theft and brutality breaks out with no repercussions and no emergency services around to help.
The Purge told the story of an upper-tier family who find their home under assault after offering sanctuary to the victim of a lynch mob. In the upcoming sequel, however, there are no alarms and no expensive houses to get trashed: just all-out madness with nowhere safe to hide.
According to STYD, DeMonaco’s sequel to The Purge now has an official title that reflects this state of affairs. The Purge: Anarchy will feature all-new characters and will take place in a city where no one has a working security system. During the night of the Purge, the area is transformed into a war zone where people either do their best to survive or to commit as much legalized crime as possible.
This is ideal material for a sequel, since The Purge didn’t show too much of how the lower echelons of society are affected beyond what was glimpsed on the TV screens. The truly nasty undercurrent to the night of planned lawlessness was the speculation that it was simply being used to whittle down the numbers of the poor, thereby also reducing unemployment and crime levels for the rest of the year. Putting the country’s most vulnerable people at the center of The Purge: Anarchy will open up that element to more exploration than it was permitted during The Purge.
The cast of The Purge: Anarchy will be led by Frank Grillo (Warrior) with Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo and Kiele Sanchez co-starring. The first film was something of a sleeper hit last summer, taking in nearly $90 million at the box office with a budget of just $3 million, and The Purge: Anarchy has had a fast turnaround in production in order to score a similar release date this year. STYD also reports that a 90-second trailer has just been given a rating, so expect to see it online soon.
The Purge: Anarchy is out in theaters on June 20, 2014.