New 'Purge' Movie Gets Summer 2018 Release Date
Get ready for more purging.
Despite seeming to end the story with The Purge: Election Year, Universal and producers Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes have set in development a new installment.
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The studio has set a date of July 4, 2018, for the untitled next Purge chapter, which brings back franchise creator James DeMonaco, though not as a director.
DeMonaco is writing the script and will work closely with the producers to choose a new director for the project.
Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier are producing.
The Purge series is set in a near future America where once a year there is a 12-hour period where all crime, including the most insane acts of murder, are legal. The first movie was a contained thriller that starred Ethan Hawke and made a very healthy $64.4 million on a $3 million budget. By the time of last year’s installment, Election Year, the story had expanded into a battle for America’s political future; the producers still kept the budget low — $10 million — and the movie, which starred Frank Grillo, grossed almost $80 million. The movie was also timely in its political overtones.
by Graeme McMillan