Two 'Divergent' Sequels Get Release Dates, Neil Burger Won't Direct
Though Summit Entertainment's adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent doesn't hit theaters until March 2014, the studio seems to be counting on a hit as they're setting two sequels for release. Variety has word that Lionsgate has set Insurgent for release on March 20th, 2015, and they've also dated Allegiant for the following year on March 18th, 2016. However, the first film's director, Neil Burger of Limitless, will not return in the director's chair. Much like The Hunger Games franchise lost director Gary Ross, Lionsgate's sister company will have to find a new director to continue this new franchise. Read on!
This schedule means that Shailene Woodley will get back into character as Beatrice "Tris" Prior by this spring in order to meet the spring 2015 release date. At least fans won't have to wait to see how the film franchise plays out. But if the first film turns out to be a bomb (which seems unlikely with a large fanbase for the books), we may never see these sequels. This also likely means that reports of Woodley not returning as Mary Jane (after news surfaced of her being cut out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2), are true. There's likely no way she has time to film this franchise and also become a key player in The Amazing Spider-Man.
If you're not yet aware of Divergent, the story centers on a society in a dystopian Chicago divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite — with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. When Tris doesn't get properly sorted and is labeled Divergent, she deceptively chooses her destiny, which could get her into even more trouble. Theo James, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet also star in the film which Summit Entertainment releases on March 21st, 2014. Watch the theatrical trailer.