BATON ROUGE, La. — Filming began this week on The Purge, the latest television series to be produced for a major cable network in Louisiana. The Purge will air on USA Network this fall. The premiere and finale episodes will be simulcast on SYFY.
The series will film a 10-episode season in and around New Orleans. Total Louisiana expenditures for the production are estimated at $20.7 million. The project is expected to create 200 jobs, including $16 million in Louisiana resident payroll.
“Louisiana’s enhancements to the Motion Picture Production Tax Credit program are contributing to a substantial surge in production in our state this year,” said Executive Director Chris Stelly of Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development. “The Purge is a great example of the stability we have created. Our state is the perfect setting for this television series, and we look forward to many years of sustained success.”
The Purge is based on the hit film franchise of the same name; the fourth Purge movie is set for release this summer. The television series is a production of Universal Cable Productions (Amazon’s Homecoming and USA Network’s Mr. Robot and The Sinner) and indie studio Blumhouse Television (HBO’s upcoming Sharp Objects and Showtime’s Loudest Voice in the Room).
The series stars Gabriel Chavarria (East Los High), Lili Simmons (Ray Donovan), Jessica Garza (Six), Amanda Warren (The Leftovers), Colin Woodell (Unsane), Hannah Anderson (New Mutants) and Lee Tergesen (Oz). William Baldwin (Backdraft) will have a recurring role. Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Anthony Hemingway (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson) is directing the premiere episode.
Thomas Kelly is executive producer and showrunner. Other executive producers are film franchise creator James DeMonaco; Jason Blum of Blumhouse Television; Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes; and Sebastien K. Lemercier.
About Louisiana Entertainment
Louisiana is one of the top destinations in the world for motion picture production; digital interactive and software development projects; live performance; and sound recording. With state-of-the-art facilities, a wealth of talent, production-friendly communities and a competitive incentive program, Louisiana is the perfect location for the entertainment industries. For more information on Louisiana film, digital interactive, live performance and sound recording programs, visit Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development, at LouisianaEntertainment.gov.