Change of plans, initiates! Lionsgate has confirmed the news that Ascendant, the final Divergent movie, will not be making its way to theaters. However, we’ve learned that previous reports were not entirely clear, and the final movie will not just be a feature TV film that will later spawn a TV series. It instead will be a TV series from the start, with a TV movie launching the plot (which will probably be a major TV event to provide publicity), but the finale of Veronica Roth’s story will play out across 10-13 episodes instead of just in that two hour period. This TV series is planned to launch a successful Divergent television show that will have multiple seasons, if everything goes according to plan.
Variety quotes TV Group Chair Kevin Beggs: “The performance of the last segment of the theatrical didn’t really create a situation where we could commit the production resources necessary to really make the production we needed. We got excited about the possibility of what the series could look like — resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons. This is an example of what we call the virtuous cycle of content bouncing back and forth from TV and film. The economic upside on a long term series franchise is very substantial. There’s a tremendous fandom, but the performance of the last segment of the theatrical [a.k.a Allegiant] didn’t really create a situation where we could commit the production resources necessary to really make the production we needed.”
So, if what they’re saying is correct, we may actually be getting a longer adaptation of the final section of Allegiant by Veronica Roth. The question is, is there enough source material? I expect they’ll have to expand quite a bit from their source material, since they only have half a book to work with here.