With Summit’s futuristic thriller Divergent opening March 21, 2014, the studio brought the cast and director Neil Burger (Limitless) to Comic-Con last weekend. Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, Divergent takes place in a futuristic society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, which determines how they can best serve the population. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) stars as Tris, a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”
Shortly before hitting the stage, I landed an exclusive video interview with Roth and Burger. They talked about being at Comic-Con, the way they collaborated, why they shot in Chicago, what do they collect (Roth reveals she’s a Potterhead), IMAX, what they each liked about the other person, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Divergent also stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amy Newbold, and Christian Madsen.
Veronica Roth and Neil Burger:
- Burger says he was told as they began shooting that they were coming to Comic-Con, which created a rush to shoot and edit footage for the Comic-Con reel.
- 1:45 – Talk about their collaboration process.
- 3:00 – Burger wanted to shoot in Chicago because the book is set there and use the “grandness of Chicago” to distinguish Divergent from other futuristic tentpoles.
- 4:30 – Roth doesn’t much collect, but she is a Potterhead. Burger collects photographs and “weird videos.”
- 5:30 – Burger is attracted to Roth’s universal story and liked creating this future world.
- 7:00 – Roth likes Burger’s strong visual sense and was a fan of Burger’s previous films The Illusionist and Limitless.
- 7:30 – Divergent will be converted to IMAX, but Berger says they shot with IMAX in mind to highlight the scale of the Chicago landscape.