Variety reported that Summit Entertainment is moving forward with the sequels to the highly popular book series written by Veronica Roth.
Summit and Lionsgate has hit gold with the Young Adult genre with the Twilight franchise and Hunger Games movies bringing in over $3.3 billion over the last 5 years. Two years ago, Lionsgate partnered with Summit due to both studios having a leg up with YA adaptations. It’s no surprise that the studio has high hopes for their latest YA adaptation and wants to move forward with the movies. The Divergent series has shown to be a money maker in the publishing world and will no doubtably fillseats come March 21st. So will Divergent break the YA losing streak?
Insurgent will be released exactly a year after Divergent on March 20, 2015, and then Allegiant on March 18, 2016.
Futhermore, due to scheduling conflicts Neil Burger will NOT be back for the sequels. The next two years will be heavily packed for the cast of Divergent when the next film goes into pre-production this spring. It’s no surprise Burger dropped out wanting to focus on his film, Divergent. Fans who have followed these book adaptations know that almost all directors of the first movie never come back to the sequels because of the time quench. It’s sad that he won’t be following up with the next movies, but Page to Premiere has no doubt that the films will succeed just like Catching Fire has.
“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We can’t wait for you to see the film. But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent. So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”
Something interesting to point out is Allegiant isn’t being split into two parts. That can change once the studio sees how well Divergent does in the box office, but I’d prefer not to prolong the inevitable. I hope the studio doesn’t change their mind on keeping Allegiant a singular movie.