THE PURGE 6: (Update) Frank Grillo Officially Confirms His Return to the Franchise!

By: John M Jerva

Update: You know I can never get enough of Frank Grillo kicking ass in some capacity and it pleases me to update my original post down below that the man will officially be returning to The Purge franchise. Grillo made the announcement while doing press on The Playlist for Copshop which hits Friday.

“Committed! We committed to doing that— ‘Purge 6’ with [James DeMonaco] directing,” said Grillo. “It’s based on the Leo Barnes character. I’m excited. He’s going to send me the script. He just finished it. So, yeah, I’m really psyched about that. I love doing the ‘Purge’ movies…I’m psyched, they called me and said James wanted to direct one more and I’m like, ‘Don’t even tell me. I’m in.’”

So there you have it! It’s on and Leo Barnes is coming back for another round of legally sanctioned violence. Stay tuned!

Source: The Playlist

(Original Post) I’ve enjoyed The Purge movies for what they are and have always felt that they are an immense guilty pleasure to say the least. The idea of all crime being legal for 24 hours can literally evoke countless plot threads for the franchise.

Saying that, I feel that the films starring Frank Grillo are a definite must for action fans as the actor, like always, elevated the series in The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year as Leo Barnes, a man that essentially was on a kill mission for the death of his child. Grillo’s Barnes was the closest thing we got to Grillo playing The Punisher and you can sign me up if he returns as he is hands down one of my favorite actors in action cinema and should be more of a household name.

Well, that might be happening as Collider and Slash Film have spoken to both Grillo and franchise creator James DeMonaco about the possibility of a sixth film and Grillo being involved.

Back in January, Grillo spoke with Collider and revealed that discussions were taking place:

We are talking, [DeMonaco] and I, another Purge movie. … He reached out to me not too long ago and Sébastian [K. Lemercier], the producer, and they’re like, ‘What do you think?’ and I’m like, ‘What do you think?’ and they’re like, ‘We talked to Universal and we’ll see Leo Barnes in the [next] Purge if we can come up with something great.’ I said, ‘I’m in. I’ll do it in a heartbeat.'”

DeMonaco also spoke with Collider while doing press for the recent The Forever Purge and elaborated on what Grillo said.

I had a new idea. I pitched it to everybody and they really liked it, so if the audience wants it and the cinema gods tell us we can do it, I think we have another one that we’d be excited to do.

I’m not on social media, but I got calls from people saying, “Frank is talking about a Purge 6 that he’s gonna be in.” I was like, “That son of a bitch! I told him secretly.” He’s so excited. I love that character. I was the first one that was like, “This is the perfect way to bring him back. It would be so fun for the audience.”

Unfortunately we don’t know the exact details about Leo Barnes return but DeMonaco did shed more light on it while speaking to Slash Film:

Dude, my Purge 6 idea is all about Frank. It’s all about the Leo character. Without giving anything away, I think he’s off on his own, but he’s going to be called back into action, hopefully on Purge 6, if we’re lucky enough to do it. I hope that Leo comes back. That’s the goal. When I came up with Purge 6, he was the center of the idea. I’m hoping that we get to do that with him.”

Take my money now please as I would watch Purge movies all day if Grillo was involved and kicking ass. Grillo, like I always say, is definitely the hardest working actor on cinema and his mere presence ultimately makes that film much better.

We’ll have to wait and see if a new Purge film definitely does happen but here’s hoping it does because I need to see Grillo doing more of his best Punisher impersonation.

In the meantime, check out Grillo in Action as Leo Barnes in The Purge: Election Year as he’s involved in a hell of a brutal knife fight with Terry Serpico who plays Danzinger. This is prime Frank Grillo action!

Source:Collider, Slash Film

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