‘The Purge 2′ May Be Titled ‘The Zone’; Original Director Returning

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The Purge masks The Purge 2 May Be Titled The Zone; Original Director Returning

What if America could have negligible levels of unemployment, a booming economy and low crime rates all year round, all for the small price of a few hundred thousand poor, weak and disenfranchised members of society being slaughtered and brutalized during an annual night of lawlessness? Such was the Faustian bargain made in James DeMonaco’s futuristic horror The Purge, which was released earlier this year.

Featuring the polite, upper-class psychopaths of Funny Games and the spooky masks of The Strangers, The Purge‘s main claim to originality was its dark social satire and its depiction of a society that could be interpreted as either utopian or dystopian. It’s a big idea with plenty of room to explore, and luckily for DeMonico and co., there’s always next year’s Purge in which to dig a little further.

After The Purge, which was made for a mere $3 million, brought in over $87 million at the box office, a follow-up was to be expected. Sure enough, a sequel was greenlit just a few short months after the release of The Purge. Today, Variety announced that DeMonaco will return to write and direct the second film, which is once again being produced through Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures.

Rhys Wakefield in The Purge The Purge 2 May Be Titled The Zone; Original Director Returning

The Purge 2 may end up in production very soon, as earlier this week Production Weekly tweeted that Jason Blum, Michael Bay and James DeMonaco will be reuniting on a new project called The Zone, which is set to begin filming in mid-December in Los Angeles. This, combined with the fact that The Purge 2 needs to begin production by the end of the year and shoot in California in order for Blumhouse to receive a $2.25 million tax credit for it, makes it almost certain that The Zone is actually a sequel to The Purge.

The Purge had an interesting premise that felt a little handcuffed to its home invasion plot and was somewhat overstuffed with clich├ęs, but with the central idea remaining largely underdeveloped, there are many possibilities for improvement in a sequel. If the possible title is any indication of what direction the plot could take, The Zone could be about a particular location designated for freedom to commit crime without consequence, instead of a particular date and time.

Do you think that the story of The Purge showed enough promise to be worth continuing? Share your thoughts on The Zone and what it might be about with us in the comments.


The Purge 2/The Zone does not have a scheduled release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on the project as it develops.

Source: Variety & Production Weekly [via Bloody Disgusting]

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  1. The premise is good. The trailer for the purge was what the movie should have been . The movie would have been better taken place outside in the streets with psychopaths all over the place . I felt cheated when the movie turned into just another home invasion story.

    • The premise is actually completely idiotic.

  2. I believe I posted this back on one of the SR pages when the purge came out, but I think that they could take this into its own universe. They could have vigilantes/heroes out there that fight back at the crime. They could have groups of people sticking together to stay safe. There are just so many different directions that it could go. Personally, I’d like to see a hero kick some a$$.

  3. very awesome news. I like this. hope Ethan Hawke and his family from the first film return.

    • You do remember how the first movie ended, right?

  4. I thought the premise was good but after the initial act it was a very by the numbers invasion flick. I thought Rhys Wakefields character just tried to rip of Michael Pitt in Funny Games but without the talent to carry it through. I doubt Ethan Hawke would return as hes never really returned to a character aside from Jesse Wallace from the Sunset trilogy which is a different situation.

    • Oh yeah and Spoilers he died.

  5. Cool more garbage “horror” films. The first one was horrible & terribly predictable.

  6. Actually watched the first a few days ago. Stupid, with stupid people doing stupid things. Which is always a shame when the initial premise itself is actually quite interesting in theme. In this sense, it reminded me of ‘In Time’, which in itself, like ‘The Purge’ could’ve been a quite fascinating and altogether realistically theoretical conclusion about the commonality of psychological ids that drive the heart of natural instinct and desire.

    Sequel I suspect will be as audience orientated as the original unfortunately.

    • It was an interesting idea bcuz it came from an original episode of Star Trek. In the episode, “The Purge” was called, “The Red Hour.” The director even came out and said that he stole the idea.

  7. Can’t believe a movie that ripped off Star Trek is getting a squeal. The next one should be called, “The Purge 2: The Return of the Archons.”

  8. So, the premise is good? On what planet? You’re telling me I’m supposed to believe that sane human beings agree to a day of complete anarchy, where all the psychopaths are allowed to do whatever they want without consequence? Then everything goes back to normal the next day? Seriously? No thanks.

    • Beta III is the planet.

  9. I watched The Purge not too long ago and I was not impressed. Not scary at all and at times I was hoping the intruders would do something just to get the movie going. I thought it was going to be something more along an outside type of fight but was another home invasion movie. If it’s going to be in the horror genre, at least make an effort to throw in some scares, even if it’s just 2 or 3. The Purge had no scare factor IMO

  10. the 1st one was soooo boring!!!!! please don’t waste your time and make a sequel

  11. I thought the first movie was rally good and am ready to start seeing the trailers for the next one! I just hope this doesn’t go like other sequels I’ve seen where the first movie was AMAZING and the sequel was really bad. I have hope for this one!

  12. This is why we have gta v instead honestly once it started you couldn’t stop it. Killing is in our blood and before this period of life it was accepted. Serial killers never stop once they start it is addictive just like all things that give you power. Either you die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.