At the start of 2012, Universal, Blumhouse, and Platinum Dunes put Ethan Hawke, director James DeMonaco, and various co-stars to work on a project only known as Vigilandia. The project’s small-budget status gave creatives free reign to carry things out in peace and quiet, even allowing some (like yours truly) to just sort of let the thing happen when it’s supposed to happen. When no one else is really on the lookout, either, everybody benefits in some way.
But, now, it’s starting to come out of the old shell. TheWrap inform us this film, now called The Purge, is getting a prime summer opening of May 31st, 2013, and has just been supplied with a plot rundown. Although it is, as first reported, set in the future, DeMonaco‘s effort sounds like the sort of micro-budget material Blumhouse Productions are known for — i.e., small, violent, and dirty. A “speculative thriller,” it centers on a husband and wife (Hawke and Lena Headey) forced to defend their home from a violent criminal carrying out “a sequence of events” that, if successful, will render them “the monsters from whom they hide.” (This guy was let loose because of some bizarre government sanctions that make murder legal for 12 hours once a year. I don’t know.)
Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, and Tony Oller are three of The Purge‘s younger stars; I expect they’ll appear as the couple’s children, but that’s basically a stab in the dark. (Worth a shot!) Speculation about other roles notwithstanding, the information dispensed today is enough, personally, to create an inkling of curiosity about what follows. The fact that I don’t really need much more, save for an explanation of the silly plot mechanic, should mean something or another.
Knowing much more about The Purge, do you see a reason to keep eyes peeled?
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