Yesterday, rumors started rumbling that The Divergent Series would be given an unceremonious end with a TV movie, and the possibility of a spin-off TV series. As of this moment, Lionsgate has said nothing official about it, so the matter is more in the category of possibility than probability, but still it’s one of those rumors that’s almost too unbelievable to be false. You’ve got to wonder though, how much do the people involved, particularly the franchise’s star, know about this possibility? Has she been told? Might she consider appearing on the Divergent TV movie? In the case of Shailene Woodley, the answer is a definitive, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?”
While promoting the new Oliver Stone movie Snowden, Woodley was asked about these strange new developments about Ascendant, what is supposed to be the fourth and final part of the Divergent franchise. “Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!'” Woodley said.
What’s going on is that the third film in the series, Allegiant, was supposed to be at least be as successful as the first two films, Divergent and Insurgent, and to capitalize, Lionsgate split the third book into two films like they did for Twilight and The Hunger Games expecting similar bofo box office. What happened instead though was Allegiant tapped out at $66 million at the box office, director Robert Schwentke walked away exhausted, and Ascendant was pushed back from a summer 2017 release and got its budget slashed. Things had seemed to settle down for Ascendant, but this new round of speculation seems to suggest that Lionsgate has almost no faith in the property and wants the series over and done with, or at the very least try and salvage something from the disaster. Of course, all this is still just speculation.
“I need to talk and find out what the details are,” said Woodley. Don’t we all…
We’ll have more Divergent news as it becomes available.