Gerard McMurray has come on board to direct the untitled fourth Purge movie for Blumhouse Productions with Universal Pictures setting a July 4, 2018, release date, Variety reports.
James DeMonaco — who served as the writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year — is returning to write the script. The logline is under wraps, although it would be nice to find out what happens when people attempt to leave the country to avoid the annual purging.
All three films center on America having devolved into a culture where murder is legal for one night every year.
McMurray’s feature directorial debut Burning Sands premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. The film chronicles the brutal hazing process at an all-black university. McMurray also produced and co-wrote Burning Sands.
The franchise’s producers are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum; Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form; and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner Sebastien K. Lemercier.