The first trailer for the new movie The Purge: Election Year was just released and I don't know about you but I am very excited. The upcoming film, 'Election Year', is set to follow Sergeant Leo Barnes (reprised by Frank Grillo from 'The Purge: Anarchy') as he protects Senator and Presidential candidate Charlene Roan (LOST's Elizabeth Mitchell) who has vowed to end the Purge if elected. This is an exciting premise, especially in a real election year, and it will be great to see the divide between characters who want the Purge to end and those who will fight to protect their right to purge by any means necessary.
Based on this premise, it seems likely that the Purge series may be coming to an end, and if so, that may be for the best considering all the other film series being dragged out by endless sequels. However, the premise that one night a year in America, all crime is legal opens up so many possibilities for storytelling that it got me thinking of other plot lines for future movies. Each would be their own sort of standalone stories, that would be part of the greater series.
The Purge: Year One
Wouldn't it be interesting to see how it all began. Who were the New Founding Fathers? How did they convince the American people to begin the Purge? How did the American people celebrate the first Purge; was everyone crazy and wearing masks from the start, or was the first night peaceful as only a few people felt comfortable purging? To go back and see very first Purge would certainly be a story worth telling.
The Purge: Celebrity
Every major celebrity has crazy stalker fans as well as passionate haters. Even with laws in place, fans maul celebrities and break into their houses while stalkers and haters attack them whenever they get the chance. What would happen to A-list celebrities on Purge night as they try to avoid fans who have the chance to do whatever they want. There are several ways this movie could go. One might simply follow a celebrity who finds his or herself chased by fans/haters. Another way to go would be to follow a star, willing or unwilling, on a Purge-reality show (let's face it if the Purge were real, there would be at least one reality show following somebody) that goes terrible wrong.
The Purge: Heartland
In the first Purge film, we saw what happens to a family in the suburbs. In the second Purge film, we saw what happens in the inner cities. Here we could take it to the country and follow the lives of the people there on Purge night. Another scary thought is that in the cities and suburbs, the sirens announce when the Purge begins as well as when it ends; this is often the saving grace for people trying to survive the Purge. In the countryside, far from the reach of the law, however, it would be interesting to see if people obey that siren as soon as it goes off or if the Purge is unofficially extended in the rural areas.
The Purge: Welcome to America
While I'm sure that after a year or two, most foreigners would catch on and avoid visiting America during the Purge, one has to wonder what happens to them if they happen to be visiting during the night. There are many ways a movie could explore this but there is the question of what happens to foreign visitors in America during the Purge, wether they work here as diplomats or as immigrants, or if they are tourists who were unable to leave, or they came without knowing just how violent the Purge can be. The Purge is an American tradition, so what about those caught in the middle.
The Purge: Heroes
In the Purge, the tagline "all crime is legal" is followed by "all emergency services are suspended." While I couldn't think of a good title, one wonders what our everyday heroes would do during the Purge; would they keep doing their job, would they stand aside, or would they willingly Purge as well. For that matter, what happens to Hospitals and Prisons during the Purge and what do the staff do if their not supposed to be working. A film that follows cops, doctors, nurses, and/or firefighters on Purge night would be interesting. Maybe a cop purges a criminal he couldn't arrest, maybe a doctor tries to keep a hospital open, who knows.