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Saturday 30 May 2015

The Purge 2 in development already

Ethan Hawke stars in The Purge, which has been a box office success in the US
Ethan Hawke stars in The Purge, which has been a box office success in the US

Jason Blum's hit horror film The Purge is already in line for a sequel helped by a large tax credit.

The Purge 2 looks set to be approved for a 2.25 million dollar tax credit by the state of California, according to Variety.

It has been a surprise hit at the US box office where it raked in 34.1 million over its opening weekend, topping the charts for last weekend.

Universal are already developing the sequel in anticipation of getting the cash back if they shoot by the end of the year and show production funds were spent in California.

Starring Ethan Hawke, The Purge focusses on a family held hostage for harbouring the target of a murder gang during a planned 12-hour period when all crime is legal.

The film's sequel is one of 31 projects that got conditional approval for tax credits.

Also looking likely to get money back in the scheme is the Entourage movie which is in line for the top allocation of funds.

As yet there have been no announcements about storyline or casting for The Purge 2.

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