Everardo Gout Slated to Direct Fifth Purge Film

The final sequel for the franchise eyes a summer 2020 release.

By Michelle Kaotic

Earlier this summer, it was announced that James DeMonaco was writing the fifth and final installment of his ultra-violent The Purge franchise. While those involved are keeping tight-lipped about plot and cast, it will no doubt follow the same formula as its predecessors and focus on the 12 hours of lawless crime.

This week, Blumhouse Productions officially named Everardo Gout to helm the new film. The director, known for episodes of National Geographic’s Mars, the Snowpiercer TV series, Luke Cage, and Banshee, should bring a fresh approach to the franchise.

The Purge has gradually increased in popularity since its debut in 2013. Focused on a dystopian government where one night a year, for 12 continuous hours, all crime, up to and including murder, is legal. Those participating in the annual event can do so without fear of prosecution.

It was thanks to the success of the four films that USA Network brought The Purge to small screens with its very own television show. The initial ten episodes were just as twisted as the movies and a second season is already on the way for a fall 2019 release.

Despite its title, The First Purge (read our review) was the fourth in the franchise after releasing on July 4th, 2018, and was the highest-grossing installment to date. It received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike.

Will this final installment carry on the tradition of the violent murderous night, or take it in a different direction? We will need to wait and see.

About the Author

Michelle Kaotic

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Canada, I still remember that first time watching The Exorcist as a kid. While others looked away, I took in every pea green puke and head-spinning moment that I could. Since then, horror and music have become passionate hobbies in my life. Although new to the convention scene, I’ve been collecting both horror and music items for over two decades. Two moments that make these hobbies worthwhile were coming face to face with Freddy Krueger himself, the legendary Robert Englund, and shaking hands with guitar icon Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. I started Kaotic Notes back in 2015 to house the numerous reviews, interviews, photos, and videos that I had done, and continue to do so to this day. It’s only rock and roll with a touch of blood and gore. What can go wrong?!