When it was announced that Blumhouse was moving forward with The Purge 4 last February, horror fans noticed that franchise mastermind James DeMonaco would be writing the script but not directing. This is noteworthy as DeMonaco wrote and directed the first 3 films, meaning he’s been firmly in control of the property since its inception. As the writer, he still ensures his vision continues, but passing the director’s reigns will not doubt take the franchise in new directions.
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Today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a director has been tapped for The Purge 4, which is targeting a July 4th, 2018 release.
Gerard McMurray, the director and co-writer behind the Sundance favorite Burning Sands, will take the action-horror Purge franchise to the next level. McMurray has been tapped to helm The Purge 4, becoming the first filmmaker other than James DeMonaco to direct an installment of the movie series that hails from Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal.
Obviously, this project is still in the earliest stages of pre-production, so expect plenty of information to follow in the coming days/weeks/months. Stay tuned!
About The Purge: The Purge is a series of American dystopian action horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. It currently consists of three films: The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The Purge: Election Year (2016). It is based on a future dystopic America where every year there is a 12-hour period during which all crime, including murder, is legal. The Purge series has received a generally mixed critical reception and has grossed over $319 million in the worldwide box office against a combined budget of $22 million. (Source)