Earlier this month, Universal Pictures announced a July 1, 2016 release date for The Purge 3, which will be "expanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the sleeper hits that have earned $200 million at the worldwide box office." The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy filmmaker James DeMonaco will be back to write and direct The Purge 3, and, while no story details have been confirmed yet, producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller shot down a recent rumor that the follow-up will actually be a prequel, centering on the first annual Purge. Here's what Bradley Fuller had to say in a recent interview with Collider, where he debunked this rumor.
"I read that too about the first night of The Purge. We don't know anything about that. I read that and I haven't heard that so I'm not sure what that was. The material that we're considering right now is not the first night of The Purge."
Last year's The Purge: Anarchy took in $71 million domestically and over $110 million worldwide, from just a $9 million production budget. While no cast members have been confirmed yet, The Purge: Anarchy star Michael K. Williams said in a separate interview with Collider that both his character, the anti-Purge leader Carmello, and Frank Grillo's Sergeant will both "come together and go after the real bad guys." When asked about Frank Grillo's involvement in the sequel, Bradley Fuller wouldn't confirm whether or not he has been cast, but added he would love to work with him again.
"Listen, we loved working with him and we thought that he was so good in that role and, you know, if it works to have him back we would really be very excited about that."
What do you think about Bradley Fuller's comments regarding The Purge 3? Would you like to see Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams team up in the sequel? The producers and writer-director James DeMonaco have plenty of time to come up with a story before the July 2016 release, so stay tuned for more updates on The Purge 3.