'The Purge' 4 Release Date Set For June 2018; Upcoming Movie A Prequel?

"The Purge" 4 has set an official premiere date. The still untitled fourth Purge movie is scheduled to hit the theaters on July 4, 2018. The production is still in initial stages but it was confirmed that franchise creator James DeMonaco will be writing the upcoming movie. The new installment has yet to pick a director.

DeMonaco served as both writer and director of previous Purge movies. A report from Deadline reveals DeMonaco has no plans to direct this time. Nonetheless, he would be helping the producers to find a suitable director.

The concept and plot of "The Purge" 4 is tightly hidden under wraps. However, several reports claim the upcoming installment will be turning the clock back in time -- it would be a prequel! According to a report from Comicbook, the details was hinted by DeMonaco himself last fall.

"For the movie, I'd like to do a prequel. I'd like to go back in time to see where it all started from. It seems right to me," DeMonaco said. He explained that it feels like the right story to follow because the trilogy feels complete. "I feel like if I did a fourth one it would take away from the third one. Going back in time seems right. And the TV show is a whole different animal," he added.

The first and original low-budget "The Purge" movie in 2013 earned about $89.3 million. A far cry from its $3 million budget. Meanwhile, "The Purge: Anarchy" grossed about $111.9M worldwide in July 2014. The last Purge movie, "The Purge: Election Year" released in July 2016 was the highest grossing film of the series grossing over $118 million worldwide. In total, the series has grossed more than $318 million in the worldwide box office with its modest combined budget of $22 million. Aside from "The Purge" 4, a TV series written by DeMonaco is also in the works.

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