The fourth and final film in the Divergent series was supposed to begin filming in Atlanta this summer. But that hasn’t happened.
Now, Variety is reporting that The Divergent Series: Ascendant might not be made as a feature film at all. Apparently, Lionsgate’s gamble to split the third and final book in the series into two films (ala Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games) didn’t pay off. The third film, Allegiant, didn’t do so well in theaters.
“Lionsgate’s television group will handle production” on Ascendant, Variety stated. “The idea is to finalize the storylines involving the current cast and to introduce a new cast, who would then continue the series on either a traditional or streaming network.”
From my perspective, a television movie is a bad idea. Either make the fourth film with the current cast and suffer the (inevitable) loss, or let the franchise go. If fans don’t want to see another Divergent film in theaters, what makes the studio think they’ll watch it on TV or get behind a television series with an all-new cast?
Series star Shailene Woodley was at Comic-Con this week to promote her new film, Snowden. When asked about Divergent she said, “I honestly have no idea what’s going on… I know as much as you do.” She added, “It’s really convenient that we’re doing all these interviews now and I get asked this question [about Divergent].”
Obviously, Shailene isn’t on board with a television movie. And there’s been no word yet on whether Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and others are keen on returning.SuperFable