Universal Will Hold its Second 'Purge'

Writer-director James DeMonaco returns to helm the sequel

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.

Sebastien K. Lemercier, as well as Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, are also producing.

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 of the sequel has to be fast-tracked, with lensing commencing before the end of the year.

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