On March 27, after watching his directorial debut Burning Sands on Netflix, I tweeted about how impressed I was with Gerard McMurray, and how he was a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
Well evidently, the smart folks at Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes have been paying attention too, as they’ve just hired McMurray to direct the next chapter in THE PURGE franchise, the Tracking Board has learned.
Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year ($118 million worldwide), creator James DeMonaco returns to write as well as produce alongside Blumhouse chief Jason Blum, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and DeMonaco’s own longtime production partner Sebastien K. Lemercier.
Universal will release the untitled horror movie about America’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness on July 4, 2018 — two days before Marvel drops Ant-Man and the Wasp and Lionsgate unveils The Spy Who Dumped Me.
McMurray co-wrote and produced his own feature directorial debut Burning Sands, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Netflix. The film chronicles the particularly brutal hazing process at an all-black university.
McMurray, who also served as an associate producer on Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed directorial debut Fruitvale Station, is represented by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief