Studio hopes to capitalize on original’s surprise $65 million domestic haul
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.
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 13,” “Four Lovers”), Brad Fuller (“The Amityville Horror”) and Andrew Form (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Friday the 13th”) join as producers.
Justin Lin won’t return as director, though — he’s been tapped to do “Fast 7.”
Universal has yet to announce a cast for the new film.