The premise of The Purge series is set in near future America where once a year there is a twelve hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The original starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, making over $89m worldwide on a $3m budget. While the original was a contained thriller, its sequel Purge: Anarchy, went city wide and was more action orientated starring Frank Grillo, making over $111m worldwide on a $9m budget. The last instalment, Purge: Election Year, seen Frank Grillo reprise his role from Anarchy and star alongside Elizabeth Mitchell, making over $118m worldwide on a $10m budget.
The Purge creator James DeMonaco, who has written and directed all the films so far, will only be writing the script for the fourth film and help the producers in selecting a new director for the film. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier are serving as producers on the project. While when I heard a fourth instalment was on the cards I was immediately skeptical but now knowing that the studio make attempt to bring fresh eyes to the franchise behind the lens, it will be interesting to see how different it will be compared to DeMonaco’s style.
The untitled Purge Next Chapter film is scheduled for cinematic release on the 4th July 2018.