Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes’ The Purge franchise has emerged as one if the most popular and successful horror franchises in recent years, having grossed over $319 million in the worldwide box office against a combined budget of $22 million. While they’ve received mixed receptions from critics, their success has resulted in both studios moving forward with a fourth film, which now has a release date and a new director attached.
According to a report from Variety, The Purge 4 is scheduled to hit theaters July 4, 2018, with director Gerard McMurray coming on board to direct. James DeMonaco — who served double duty on as the writer/director on the previous three films — is returning to write the script. Franchise producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner Sebastien K. Lemercier are returning as well. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to involve people trying to flee the country to escape the annual Purge Night, where all crime is legal for 24 hours. It’s currently unknown if Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will be reprising his role as Leo Barnes, the protagonist of The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year.
McMurray made his feature directorial debut on Burning Sands (which he also produced and co-wrote), a drama chronicling the brutal hazing process at an all-black university. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was quickly acquired by Netflix. He also previously served as an associate producer on Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed 2015 film Fruitvale Station.