We kind of love writer/director James DeMonaco’s Purge journey. Starting as an idea he couldn’t quite afford to pull off, he reverse engineered the premise into an economical home invasion movie, and then incrementally escalated the sequels to fill in his original vision. Along the way the satire got a little more broad and a lot more enjoyable, and the ending of 2016’s The Purge: Election Year teased an even darker continuation of the series.
And here it comes: Deadline reports that the successful, eventually-Frank-Grillo-starring franchise will continue, with Universal, Blumhouse, and Platinum Dunes announcing a 4th Purge. Last we heard, Grillo was a maybe on coming back, but with a relatively far-off release date of July 4th, 2018 (a Wednesday, for those planning ahead), hopefully they can work something out. DeMonaco will once again script, but for the first time in the franchise he’ll be handing the directing reins over to someone else. Commence speculation on who'll fill that role in the comments below.
A lot of rather insane real-life shit has gone down in the months since Election Year was released (and since, say, yesterday). As a result we are, in a glass half-full kind of way, excited to see what DeMonaco has in mind for a fourth Purge. Hopefully it’s not a documentary.