In the distant future murder will be legal for twelve hours, three times a year!
Not much is known about Vigilandia, a futuristic thriller, because – let’s be honest here – is there any better way to pique interest in an upcoming film than by keeping its contents under wrap? So here is what we know so far, and don’t worry there are no spoilers.
Vigilandia takes place in the distant future. The country is run by a political regime called the New Founding Fathers of America. Widespread violence and crime are rampant, so the government employs a strict system of martial law.
HERE’S THE KICKER: The New Founding Fathers are also employing a social experiment called THE PURGE, in which murder is legal for twelve hours, three times a year. The film is being written and directed by James DeMonaco and produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes Company and Blumhouse Productions. It’s being funded by Universal Studios and is the first installment of what is hoped to be a low-budget, apocalyptic franchise.
After so many dismal box office receipts, it seems that behemoth studios like Universal want a bite of the low-budget action as well. Horror films like the Paranormal Activity franchise are made for next to nothing and reap huge dividends. Universal Studios signed a deal with Blumhouse to produce low-budget genre films, and when you throw Michael Bay into the mix everyone is expecting box office gold.
While Michael Bay is a household name, being the mega-budget man behind the popular Transformers series, James DeMonaco is the new kid on the block. He wrote the script for The Negotiator and the Assault on Precinct 13 remake and is the creator/producer of Spike TV’s The Kill Point, but he has yet to wield his magic behind the camera.
With Vigilandia, James DeMonaco is going to be working with a talented team of actors and actresses. Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield, Edwin Hodge and Chris Mulkey are all involved in the project. Ethan Hawke, however, is the biggest name in the cast, having appeared in such classic films as Reality Bites, Before Sunrise and Training Day, as well as the futuristic thriller Gattaca. Having made more waves on Broadway stages as of later than in film, Ethan Hawke hasn’t had a leading role in some time, so his return to the big screen is hotly anticipated. A science fiction film is a perfect fit for his scraggly, indie sensibility.
Between Vigilandia‘s cool premise and the host of unique personalities involved in the project, the film is sure to be a treat for those who like smart, edgy thrillers. Even though it’s low budget, once you throw Bay into the mix you’re sure to get some stunning visuals and special effects.