'The Purge: Anarchy' Relase Date Shifts One Month
Universal has shifted the release date of The Purge: Anarchy about one month, from June 20 to July 18.
The Blumhouse film is the sequel to the 2013 horror-thriller The Purge, which starred Ethan Hawke. The next chapter sees the return of writer-director James DeMonaco.
Anarchy will be set in the same society as the first film, where, for 12 hours, all crime is allowed and condoned. The first teaser for the film released earlier this month showed a couple whose vehicle breaks down on a highway just as the sun goes down and violence is unleashed in the city.
The sequel will star Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo.
Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum, with Sebastien Lemercier and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
The first film was a massive hit when it opened in theaters in early June 2013. The horror thriller, made for about $3 million, surprised Hollywood when it scared up $34 million on its opening weekend. It has earned $89.3 million worldwide.
Anarchy's first release date of June 20 would have set the film to go up against two other wide releases: Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys.
The new date of July 18 means the horror pic will open against Andy and Lana Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending and animated film Planes: Fire and Rescue.