September 10, 2015


The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is pleased to announce that Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes are slated to begin principal photography for the action-thriller THE PURGE 3 in Providence and Woonsocket on September 16, 2015.

THE PURGE 3 was written by and will be directed by franchise creator James DeMonaco. Frank Grillo returns to star. Expanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the first two films, THE PURGE 3 reveals the next terrifying chapter of 12 hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

Sébastien K. Lemercier, Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing. Jeanette Volturno-Brill is co-producing and Luc Etienne is executive producing.

THE PURGE 3 arrives in theaters nationwide on July 1, 2016.

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, said, “Thanks to the leadership of the Governor and General Assembly, and with the help of our many wonderful Ambassadors in the public and private sector, we are delighted to be able to host Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes’ newest feature, “THE PURGE 3”, from franchise creator James DeMonaco in our beautiful Ocean State. We look forward to helping James secure his vision and supporting the dedicated crew of top-notch professionals so they may maximize their potential. In Rhode Island, We Make Big Things Happen! ©”

Writer and Director James DeMonaco added, “We are excited to continue exploring the world of The Purge and to start production in Rhode Island which has been so supportive of our movie."

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “Congratulations to the Rhode Island Film & Television Office on bringing another major motion picture production to our state. Film productions like this help to energize the Ocean State culturally and economically, and provide employment to a number of Rhode Island’s creative workers.”

House Speaker Nicholas Matiello commented, “I am excited to continue to promote the arts and filmmaking as a thriving industry in Rhode Island. Our state provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of major motion pictures from comedies to love stories to suspense thrillers. Furthermore, this innovative industry has proven to be an economic catalyst for the talented artists and hard-working crew members, many of whom are based right here in Rhode Island. It also provides an introduction to first-time visitors who inevitably fall in love with our Ocean State.”

Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed said, “The Senate is pleased to welcome another major production to our state. This project will provide direct jobs to the talented film industry professionals based in our state, indirect jobs to area small businesses, and tremendous exposure to the charm and diversity which make our state such an attractive setting to filmmakers and visitors alike.”

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt stated, “On behalf of our great City of Woonsocket and her citizens, I warmly welcome this new Universal film production to our downtown district. With the coordination between the Rhode Island Film Office, the movie production, and our dedicated staff of Woonsocket professionals, we look forward to bolstering our economy while helping to make more Rhode Island movie magic.”

Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza added, “I am pleased to welcome the cast and crew to the City of Providence. Our City is not only a beautiful and historic setting for filmmaking, but also offers world-class restaurants and artistic attractions for the crew to explore during their time in the Creative Capital.”

The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is a government agency under the umbrella of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)