‘Purge 4’ Lands ‘Burning Sands’ Director Gerard McMurray | Film News
Gerard McMurray is now set to direct the fourth Purge movie after making his feature directorial debut with Burning Sands at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Burning Sands depicts the brutal hazing process at an all-black university, and is available on Netflix.
James DeMonaco, the writer/director behind The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy, and The Purge: Election Year, returns to write the fourth installment. Jason Blum returns to produce alongside Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, and Sébastien K. Lemercier.
According to a statement in September 2016, the fourth film will be a prequel to the trilogy, recounting the origins and national acceptance of Purge Night which sees all crime, including murder, legal for a 12 hour period each year.
It’ll be interesting to see how Gerard McMurray’s direction changes the series. The film has an American Independence Day release of July 4, 2018, perhaps hinting at possible themes associated with the plot.