Get ready, "Purge" fans – another film is on the way, and it's filming in Buffalo.
The fourth film in the horror franchise began filming in Buffalo on Monday and will shoot entirely in the area, spending more than $20 million and adding 1,000 jobs.
James DeMonaco, the creator of the "Purge" franchise and director of the original, again wrote the script, as he did for the 2013 original "The Purge" and its sequels "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014) and "The Purge: Election Year" (2016). "Purge: The Island" is directed by Gerard McMurray and stars Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis.
Buffalo is standing in for Staten Island in "Purge: The Island," which is a prequel leading up to the first experimental Purge night in which all crime is legal for 12 hours.
In an interview with Vulture, DeMonaco promised the film would be the most “crowd-pleasing” of the series. “What’s fun, too, is there’s an anti-hero. More than the previous films, there’s a singular hero in this movie. This is one man’s journey," said DeMonaco, adding the character was inspired by Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven."
The film is being made in Buffalo as part of the New York State’s Film Production Tax Credit Program. In 2017, 169 film and television projects applied for the program and are projected to spend approximately $3 billion and create more than 186,600 production hires across the state.
"New York has solidified its standing as a world-class entertainment center boasting unrivaled talent, resources, locations and opportunities," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said. "This production will result in tremendous economic activity that will create a ripple effect across Western New York.”
”We’ve had a great experience throughout pre-production working with the state and local officials on this upcoming film,” said Jeanette Volturno, head of production at Blumhouse Productions. “The support we’ve received has been outstanding, and we’re thrilled that the Buffalo community is so behind this production.”
The movie joins a steady stream of films being made here, including "The Adventures of Wolfboy," which is filming now, and "Marshall," which opens nationwide Oct. 13 with a local premiere Oct. 7 at the North Park Theatre.
The Universal Pictures/Blumhouse production of "Purge: The Island" is set for a July 4, 2018, release. A television series also is in the works.