The most recent installment in the Divergent series was a box-office dud, and now Lionsgate is planning to retool the franchise as a TV series to wrap up the story. However, they'll officially be finishing the saga without their original star.
The fourth and final planned installment in the series, Ascendant, was originally supposed to open this March. However, the third film, 2016's Allegiant, pulled in a mere $179 million worldwide (not exactly great numbers for a franchise that was supposed to be The Hunger Games 2.0), and the studio decided against pumping a $100 million budget for a film that might not even break even. The plan for now is that Ascendant will be turned into a TV movie that will also serve as a backdoor pilot for a television series.
In a chat with Vanity Fair, Shailene Woodley didn't mince words in regard to her potential involvement now that the franchise has left the silver screen: "No. I'm not going to be on the television show."
With Woodley out and co-star Miles Teller probably too big a name to stick around for a TV show, it looks like Lionsgate will be doing a complete reworking of the brand ... which probably explains why it's been so long since we've heard anything new about the project.
Do you think the studio should keep pushing this one forward or just give up on Divergent?
(via Vanity Fair)