Heat Vision Interviews, James Demonaco, The Purge, This Is The Night

Heat Vision Interviews, James Demonaco

How Filmmaker James DeMonaco Parlayed ‘The Purge’ Franchise Into a Passion Project

How Filmmaker James DeMonaco Parlayed ‘The Purge’ Franchise Into a Passion Project

9/22/2021 3:14:00 AM

How Filmmaker James DeMonaco Parlayed ‘ The Purge ’ Franchise Into a Passion Project

The director dives into his 'Rocky III'-inspired new feature 'This Is the Night' and shares details of his sixth 'Purge' script, which has not yet been greenlit.

franchise’s worldwide gross of $535 million on a $53 million budget overall, DeMonaco had earned “one for him” in the eyes of his partners at Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.“Without saying it, I think Jason [Blum] was saying that by just saying yes to the project,” DeMonaco tells

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The Hollywood Reporter. “I think he liked the script, I can say that. I’ve given Jason other scripts where he’s like, ‘No.’ So I think he knew I was ready for it, and he was, I think, ready for it, too. I even remember people at Blumhouse telling me, ‘He was so happy to work on something that was not so dark and bloody.’ So I think everybody, including Blumhouse, was purging because we’ve all been lurking in the darkness for so many years. It was good to come out of it with some light.”

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