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Although met with a near-universal shrug of the shoulders, the $90 million dollars this year's home invasion horror The Purge made off a budget of just $3 million has already led to confirmation of a sequel, and it has now been revealed that The Purge 2 will be released on the June 20th 2014.
The Purge centred on Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), who must protect their family from home invader during the annual purge; a 24 hour period whereby all crime is legal. The film had an intriguing premise and idea but executed it terribly, so hopefully the sequel will build upon these ideas and attempt to go somewhere with it.
- Gary Collinson
James DeMonaco’s The Purge was a big success for Universal Pictures. On a budget of only $3 million, it managed to take in $64.5 million. The studio has green lit and is fast-tracking a sequel. Despite the first being deemed a creative failure by critics, and moviegoers giving it a CinemaScore of C, Universal sees the obvious merits in low-budget horror movies like these. Even though the film wasn’t loved, it has in its favor a premise that is very intriguing and open-ended.
The film’s central plot device- A government-sanctioned night of lawlessness where people are allowed to do whatever they want- lends itself to a series of films that can tell standalone stories using different characters each time. It stands to reason that if DeMonaco is able to come up with an intriguing scenario within that premise, that fans would flock to see the film regardless of their distaste for the first. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
James DeMonaco will be returning to write and direct his follow-up to this year's averagely entertaining home invasion-type thriller 'The Purge'. Universal and Blumhouse Pictures will once again get together to work on 'The Purge 2', which has previously been rumoured to be titled 'The Zone' and they've now set a 2014 release date. The sequel is being lined up for a 20 June 2014 release so will require a quick turnaround. Here's hoping that the continuation will explore the 12-hour purge concept featured in the original more this time as opposed to simply focusing on some home invasion based thrills and questionable morals. »
News Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 06:29
Approximately 99.4% of critics who went to see this year's surprise hit, The Purge, came back with the same message: really, really great idea, not wonderful execution of it.
The film, which took around $90m at the worldwide box office off a budget of just $3m, was centred around an annual 12-hour period where all crime was legal. It's the one night of the year where people have to take responsibility for policing themselves, and inevitably, it's not the safest evening to go out for a quiet meal and a quick movie.
The problem with the film is that it took this really interesting central idea and did nothing of real interest with it, turning into a pretty formulaic by the numbers movie by the end. Yet we're fully »
Earlier this month, we learned that James DeMonaco was returning to write and direct a sequel to The Purge, this year's high concept horror thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Produced by Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchise's Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Production banner on a budget of $3 million, the film went on to make nearly $90 million. Now Universal has announced that The Purge 2, which is just beginning production next month, has a release date of June 20th, 2014. That's a quick turnaround, but the first film was cheap, so it doesn't require a long post-production period. Read on! As of now, we don't know if the film will have a different title, but when DeMonaco was revealed to return to the film, Bloody Disgusting pointed out something interesting before news of the director's return was confirmed. They note that Production Weekly tweeted that a film called The Zone »
- Ethan Anderton
Lock your doors, America: "The Purge" is happening again next year. The previously-announced sequel to Universal's summer sleeper will be released in theaters on June 20, 2014, the studio announced today. Original writer/director James DeMonaco will be returning to helm the follow-up to the horror hit, which grossed nearly $90 million worldwide on a scant $3 million production budget. Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and taking place in near-future Los Angeles, "The Purge" centered on the wealthy Sandin family and their efforts to harbor the target of a murderous syndicate during the titular 12-hour period during which all crime becomes »
- Chris Eggertsen
Good news for you fans of The Purge. Universal Pictures has announced that “the next chapter of The Purge” will be released on June 20, 2014. Hopefully the powers-that-be will get a little more creative and take advantage of the truly killer scenario.
Lord knows we don't need another standard home invasion flick.
James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct the sequel to his hit film The Purge for Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum of Blumhouse will produce through his first-look deal with Universal. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sebastien Lemercier are also returning to produce.
In the original film starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and Max Burkholder, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
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- Uncle Creepy
Universal Pictures has handed out a June 20, 2014 release date for their upcoming horror sequel The Purge 2, exactly two weeks after writer-director James DeMonaco signed on to return. As of now, the follow-up is slated to face the musical Jersey Boys and the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too.
Our story from earlier this month revealed that the sequel would receive $2.25 million in tax credits if production were to begin by the end of 2013. While it seemed unlikely at the time, if they hope to hit this release date which is exactly seven months away from today, shooting will have to begin rather quickly. No cast members from The Purge have been confirmed to return yet, but don't be surprised to hear casting announcements in the very near future.
Are Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions positioning last summer’s breakout hit The Purge as the first installment in a long-lasting, low-budgeted horror franchise (à la Paranormal Activity)? That’s certainly my first impression after learning that a sequel to the horror-thriller hit has been set for release next summer.
Universal and Blumhouse’s obvious enthusiasm for a Purge series is understandable. The first film, released last June, grossed over $89 million on a minuscule $3 million budget, essentially chump change to a major Hollywood studio like Universal. Such a tiny budget, large haul and quick turn-around time bodes extremely well for the series’ longevity. Additionally, the chances of a successful sequel would appear high, as James DeMonaco has agreed to return in the same writer-director capacity he held on the first Purge.
The sequel is currently being referred to as, “The next chapter of The Purge” by Universal. No cast has yet been announced, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Entourage: The Movie
"Entourage" director Doug Ellin has tweeted a photo of the primary cast for the upcoming film version of the HBO comedy, along with the announcement of a January 16th start-of-production date. This allows Warners to keep the California tax credit it needs to make the movie. [Source: Twitter]
Universal has set a June 20th 2014 release date for the sequel to this year's surprise horror hit "The Purge".
While James DeMonaco is returning to write and direct, the currently unnamed sequel hasn't announced a production start date or cast as yet. [Source: The Wrap]
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Pegg, who joined the franchise in the third installment, was asked if he'd be back and said: "Yes, absolutely. I'm looking forward to that. I've already started eating one carrot a day »
- Garth Franklin
While many felt that The Purge had a stronger concept than execution, it was a huge success at the box office. With a production budget of $3 million, the movie earned $89 million worldwide at the box office. Sequel plans began even before The Purge opened in theaters and we now know when it will be released.
The Purge 2 will be released by Universal on June 20th, 2014. James Monaco wrote, produced, and directed the first movie and will return for the sequel. There are no details on the direction this story will take, but we’ll let readers know as soon as more information becomes available. Other movies set to open on June 20th include Jersey Boys and Think Like a Man Too.
- Jonathan James
Universal plans to release the sequel to its 2013 surprise horror hit “The Purge” on June 20, 2014 — only eight months from now, a very quick turnaround — the studio announced Wednesday. The as-yet-unnamed sequel aims to capitalize on the original’s $64.5 million domestic box office – it made roughly $90 million worldwide — on a reported $3 million budget. See video: Ethan Hawke Fights Off Masked Home Invaders in ‘The Purge’ Clip (Video) James DeMonaco returns to write and direct the followup, along with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing. Sébastien K. Lemercier (“Assault on Precinct »
- L.A. Ross
Universal had a sleeper hit with the horror film The Purge earlier this summer, so naturally they need to get a sequel out as quickly as possible. The studio has sent out a press release announcing "the next chapter of The Purge" will be released on June 20, 2014. For those who didn't see the first film, it's a speculative thriller where all crimes are legal during the annual "Purge", which preserves peace and prosperity for the other 364 days of the year. During the Purge, a well-to-do family is attacked when they rescue an injured citizen from a violent mob. Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco will produce alongside other returning producers Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. It's a fairly quick turnaround, so perhaps the sequel will stick to the small scale of the original. The Purge sequel will share the weekend with the comedy Think »
- Matt Goldberg
The sequel to The Purge will invade theaters on Friday, June 20, 2014. The next chapter of Universal and Blumhouse's horror thriller will see the return of writer-director James DeMonaco. Photos: Iconic Horror Movies The first film -- starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey -- was a massive hit when it opened in theaters in early June this year. The horror thriller, made for about $3 million, surprised Hollywood when it scared up $34 million on its opening weekend. It has earned $89.3 million worldwide to date. The film was set in a society where once a year, there's a
- Rebecca Ford
Universal Pictures has set the release date for its follow-up to this year’s micro-budget horror hit.
The Purge 2 will open on June 20 2014.
Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Sébastien K Lemercier return to produce alongside Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Writer-director James DeMonaco also reprises his role.
The original opened on June 7 and grossed $64.5m in North America, rising to $89.3m worldwide. »
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Not wanting to monkey with a solid system, Universal is dating its “Purge” sequel for the same month as its predecessor, laying claim to June 20, 2014.
The original, which marked Universal’s first low-budget thriller from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, launched June 7 this year, grossing nearly $90 million worldwide, with a production budget of just $3 million.
Blum is producing the sequel, along with writer-director of the original James DeMonaco. Variety first broke the news of DeMonaco’s return to the helm.
While Universal has yet to release any plot details, the sequel will once again center on the futuristic annual purge, a 12-hour period during which all crime is legalized. The original starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey.
In order to receive hefty tax credits covering up to 25% of the budget, production »
- Andrew Stewart
Universal Pictures will release the next chapter of The Purge on Friday, June 20, 2014. The other two films scheduled for that date are Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys and Tim Story's Think Like a Man Too . Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions. Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier ( Assault on Precinct 13 , Four Lovers ) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay ( Pain & Gain , "Transformers" franchise), Brad Fuller ( The Amityville Horror , A Nightmare on Elm Street ) and Andrew Form ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , Friday the 13th ). The Purge , made for just $ 3 million (not including marketing »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
No sooner have you got the last fake blood stains out of your best shirt and put away the Peter Cushing DVDs until next Halloween than a whole raft of horror news appears, like a grasping undead hand from the frozen earth. And undead is right, because some of this news concerns resurrections and reanimations, or as they're more commonly known in Hollywood, “sequels”. First up comes word of “The Purge 2," greenlit after “The Purge” made 10 times its entire budget in one weekend back in June (not actually all that hard, on a $3 million budget). At this stage we don't know much about the sequel, but we do know that the team behind the camera will be staying largely the same, with James DeMonaco (“Skinwalkers”, the “Assault on Precinct 13” remake) returning to write and direct, and Michael Bay's money backing him up. No further details yet, but »
- Ben Brock
The Purge may have been met with a lukewarm critical response, but it made $87 million from a budget of just $3 million and now Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures have confirmed that director James DeMonaco will return as writer and director for the sequel.
The Purge 2 will shooting before the end of the year with Universal aiming for a late 2014 release. Michael Bay will return as producer alongside Jason Blum, who is producing under his first-look deal for Universal.
- Gary Collinson
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