A fourth "Purge" film will make its way into theaters in summer 2018.
The announcement was made Friday by Universal Pictures, which revealed that franchise creator James DeMonaco will return to write the film but not direct.
Set in a future dystopian America where, one day each year, all crime is legal for a 12-hour period, the horror series debuted in 2013 with "The Purge," which was produced on a shoestring budget of $3 million, and earned an impressive $89 million worldwide. The film was followed in 2014 by "The Purge: Anarchy" and in 2016 by "The Purge: Election Year." Combined, the three movies have earned more than $318 million worldwide.
This news follows the announcement last year that DeMonaco was considering a possible 10-episode anthology television series based on "The Purge." He explained that he liked the idea of giving audiences more time to live inside of the head of a Purger. However, with Universal moving forward with a fourth installment, it's unclear where plans stand for a potential TV spinoff.
The past two films have been led by "Captain America" actor Frank Grillo, although in recent interviews the actor suggested he may be finished with "The Purge."
The untitled fourth "Purge" film will open July 4, 2018.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)