USA Network will be hosting a panel and an interactive fan event at San Diego Comic-Con this year for the upcoming series “The Purge”. The new show will be based on the film franchise and is set to premiere on USA on September 4th. Currently, the latest installment installment to the franchise called “The First Purge” is now in theaters.
If you are attending SDCC this year, on July 19th USA will open the doors to America’s first “Purge City” store, an immersive experience within San Diego’s Gaslamp District. The event is open to the public and will transport fans into the world of series. “Purge City” is a humorous “one-stop shop” for the perfect Purge Night, where friendly “Purge City” staff help visitors browse the aisles for items from emergency candles to masks to energy drinks. All designed to help fake Purge City citizens stay safe and awake for the 12 hours of annual lawlessness.
Shoppers can also enjoy Purge photo opportunities and browse an area dedicated to the political rise of the New Founding Fathers of America, from the first Purge experiment on Staten Island to subsequent annual Purge Nights. “Purge City” will be open for business at 215 Tony Gwynn Drive — from Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 from 11 AM until 7 PM and Sunday, July 22 from 11 AM until 4 PM.
Then on July 21st producer Jason Blum and the creators of the film franchise will come together for a special panel that gives an exclusive inside look into how they’re expanding “The Purge” universe into television. Cast members from both the “The First Purge” and the upcoming television series will also be on hand to offer their own perspectives on the world.
Panelists include Blum (“Get Out,” “Split”), founder of Blumhouse Productions and producer of “The Purge” film franchise and the all-new series; premiere episode director Anthony Hemingway (“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.”); franchise creator James DeMonaco, executive producer of “The Purge” films and The Purge series; “The First Purge” star Lex Scott Davis (“SuperFly”); film franchise and The Purge series producer Brad Fuller (“A Quiet Place,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”); The Purge series showrunner Tom Kelly; and The Purge series stars Amanda Warren, Gabriel Chavarria and Fiona Dourif. Moderated by Ryan Turek from Shock Waves Podcast.
The show will get a simulcast Premiere on USA Network and SYFY on September 4th, so if you’re a fan of the franchise be sure to set a reminder. The show revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.
The Purge is written and executive produced by the film franchise creator James DeMonaco and led by Jason Blum. Additionally, the entire team behind the franchise are on board to executive produce: Michael Bay with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form under the Platinum Dunes banner and Sébastien K. Lemercier. Thomas Kelly serves as executive producer/showrunner of the series. Emmy and Golden Globe -winner Anthony Hemingway will direct and executive produce the premiere episode.