Just when we were thinking this year couldn’t get any weirder, a fourth installment in the hugely successful Purge series has just been announced.

Blumhouse reports that the currently-unnamed fourth movie will be a co-production between them and Universal Pictures.

The movie is aiming for a tentative, July 4, 2018 release date (patriotic!).

Writer/director/series creator JamesDeMonaco will return alongside super-producer Jason Blum. DeMonaco will once again be penning the script.

To date, The Purge series has grossed over $250 million worldwide. The latest installment, 2016’s Election Year, was the highest-grossing thus far, picking up nearly $80 million wordlwide from a budget of just $10 million.

Election Year infamously saw a female candidate targeted by the high-ranking lunatics for whom the lucrative Purge festivities were particularly handy. It was more than a little on the nose, but given what’s happened since, the flick seemed oddly prescient.

A fourth installment was all but guaranteed. No word yet on whether it will take inspiration from the current political landscape. We can only hope.

We’ll keep you updated on the story as it progresses, but suffice to say it’s time to batten down the hatches.

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