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The Purge TV Series Officially Starts Filming

Still from The Purge 3: Election Year

If you’re sick of waiting for July 4th to roll around and a new Purge movie to hit theaters, fear not, because the TV spinoff has just started filming in New Orleans.

Production has commenced on the series, from Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions, with a view to hitting the small-screen this coming fall via a simulcast on USA Network and SyFy.

The Purge TV series is a based on the hit film franchise, another installment of which is due in just a couple months. Emmy and Golden Globe-winning director Anthony Hemingway, of American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson is at the helm, directing the premiere episode. Check out a pic of him on set below.

Patti Perret/USA Network

Patti Perret/USA Network

The cast is pretty stacked, with William Baldwin and Curse/Cult of Chucky star Fiona Dourif heading it up. Lili Simmons (Ray Donovan), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers), Colin Woodell (Unsane), and Hannah Anderson (the chick who was really turned on by Jigsaw in Jigsaw) are also all set to appear.

The series will shoot predominantly in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Serving as exec-producer is series creator James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first three installments in the film franchise, alongside horror wunderkind Jason Blum. Both the premiere and finale episodes will be simulcast on USA Network and SyFy.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the moment, but Deadline previously confirmed that the series won’t actually be set on the night of the annual Purge. Instead, the story will unravel over the course of the other 364 days of the year. 

Patti Perret/USA Network

Patti Perret/USA Network

Blum revealed at the NBCU Television UpFront that the series will be, “an entirely new chapter in America’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness,” and it will, “reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.”

The films in The Purge franchise take place in a future where one night a year, all crime is legal. Anyone not lucky enough to be secured behind double reinforced steel doors with a state-of-the-art alarm system and bulletproof glass has the potential for a very bad night.
In the most recent installment, a senator running for President on the platform of ending The Purge is targeted by a group of assassins intent upon putting an end to her rise to power. In the world of The Purge, though, their Hillary wins.
Stay tuned to Wicked Horror for more on the series as we learn it.
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Slasher fanatic Joey Keogh has been writing since she could hold a pen, and watching horror movies even longer. Aside from making a little home for herself at Wicked Horror, Joey also writes for Birth.Movies.Death, The List, and Vague Visages among others. Her actual home boasts Halloween decorations all year round. Hello to Jason Isaacs.
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