Jason Blum is ready to purge again.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse has slated a fifth entry in the hugely successful horror series The Purge for release on July 10, 2020. The reported release date falls in line with the last three films, which opened early in July in order to capitalize on America’s birthday. Next year the currently untitled Purge project will open again Sony’s Ghostbusters sequel from Jason Reitman.
Blumhouse is once again partnering with Platinum Dunes and original Purge creator James DeMonaco to produce the film. Though the reports do not specify, it would not be surprising to learn that DeMonaco is writing the script as he has written every Purge film so far. A director has yet to be announced.
If you’re not familiar with The Purge, the series imagines a new American holiday where all crime is legal for a duration of 12 hours.
The first film starred Ethan Hawke struggling to fend off a home invasion. It was released June, 2013 and grossed nearly $90 million worldwide off a minuscule $3 million production budget. The franchise evolved into more of an action series starting with the second film The Purge: Anarchy, which hit theaters July, 2014 and pocketed nearly $112 million globally from a $9 million budget.
Frank Grillo returned to star in The Purge: Election Year in 2016, which was reportedly budgeted at $10 million and ultimately earned more than $118 million worldwide. The series jumped back in time to tell the holiday’s origins in 2018’s The First Purge, which introduced a whole new cast of characters. The film was the most expensive in the series so far with a budget of $13 million, but eventually grossed the most around the world with almost a $137 million haul.
With each Purge film having earned more than the last, it’s easy to see why Jason Blum would want to continue with the franchise.
What do you make of this story? Are you pumped for a fifth The Purge? Or did the series die to you long ago? Jump down to the comments section and let me know what you think about this news!