The Purge 4 will arrive just before midterm elections in 2018

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Feb 20, 2017, 9:30 AM EST

The political horror story will continue ... as a movie, anyway.

When last summer's The Purge: Election Year ended, Senator Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) had been elected president with a promise to abolish the Purge, the annual night in a dystopian future United States during which nearly all crime is allowed.

Something tells me, however, that the totalitarian New Founding Fathers of America -- the creators of the Purge -- are not going to give up power so easily, and I suspect that the newly confirmed The Purge 4 will detail exactly what goes down when that happens.

The Purge 4 has been set for release on July 4, 2018, which is appropriate for two reasons: First, it's the same date on which The Purge: Election Year arrived last year and an obvious-as-hell weekend to bring out a politically charged film; and second, the movie will arrive just a few months before the 2018 midterm elections, which will presumably act as a referendum on the administration in office at the time.

The writer and director of the first three Purge films, James DeMonaco, is returning to pen the script for this one but will not direct. Universal Studios is currently searching for someone to take DeMonaco's place behind the camera.

The Purge: Election Year was made partially as a response to the Trump campaign and in fact, its tagline, "Keep America Great," was a twist on the "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. Ironically, Trump has hinted that he'd like to use "Keep America Great" for his 2020 re-election campaign. Hopefully he's aware by now that it was also the slogan of a fictional authoritarian regime, although he may not actually consider that a problem.

Who do you think should direct The Purge 4? And where do you reckon the story should go?

(via The Wrap)