'Burning Sands' director Gerard McMurray tapped to lead next 'Purge' installment
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'Burning Sands' director Gerard McMurray tapped to lead next 'Purge' installment

Director Gerard McMurray has been selected to direct The Purge 4. McMurray directed the Sundance favorite Burning Sands.

He will be the first director other than James DeMonaco to direct a Purge film and was "handpicked" by DeMonaco himself. DeMonaco will still be involved in the project.

"I have not seen a film as confidently directed in a long time as Burning Sands and I'm excited to see Gerard's own expression of The Purge world,"  said DeMonaco.

Plot details are being kept under wraps.

The Purge franchise, which started with the first film in 2013, comes from Blumhouse, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures.

Blumhouse, the expert in low-budget horror films, brought us Get Out, and is working on others such as a time-travel thriller with David Oyewolo and Storm Reid, and another featuring Aurora Perrineau.

Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and DeMonaco’s production partner, Sebastien K. Lemercier are producers.

The movie is set for July 2018.