After the poor response to Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent films, Lionsgate decided last summer to develop Ascendant, the planned fourth film, into a television series. Actress Shailene Woodly has said she's not interested in doing a television adaptation of Ascendant, while Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller have all echoed that sentiment.
However, things may be a little more interesting now that Lionsgate, who produced the film in partnership with Summit, has acquired Starz. Deadline reports they're planning to adapt Ascendant into a TV series for the network. Ascendant will be written by Adam Cozad (Suicide Squad 2, The Legend of Tarzan) and directed by Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale/The Age Of Adaline), both of whom were already attached to the film. The pair will also executive produce.
There's a possibility that the Starz series may look to have Woodley, James, Elgort, and Teller return to wrap up their character's storylines and then spin-off with new characters. But it's hard to see how that might work unless Veronica Roth is involved in the project, yet nothing currently points to that. Of course, given that Starz has proven itself with shows like Outlander and American Gods, maybe the actors will take another look.
As an unabashed fan of the Divergent books and the first two movies, I have mixed feelings. The Divergent series wasn't handled well overall. If the creators can find some of what made Divergent work, maybe they'll get the cast and fans on board, but I'm not sure anyone's holding their breath.