Evan Daugherty to Adapt Young Adult Novel DIVERGENT for Summit

     June 8, 2011

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Confident that moviegoers can’t get enough young adult novel adaptations, Summit Entertainment has tapped Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) to pen an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy Divergent. Per THR, Roth’s novel is set in a dystopian future in which society is divided into five factions: honesty, bravery, intelligence, selflessness, and perfection. The story focuses on a 16-year-old girl who leaves her family to join a rival faction which inevitably creates life-altering decisions for her down the road. In addition to Snow White and the Huntsman, Daugherty is also having his action/thriller script Shrapnel helmed by genre favorite John McTiernan (Die Hard). There is no word on whether Daugherty will be spreading the Divergent trilogy over several films or cramming all of those aforementioned life-altering decisions into one script. Nevertheless, my gut tells me to expect a brand new young adult novel adaptation franchise to be heading your way.

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, hit the jump to check out a synopsis of Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

divergent-book-cover-imageHere’s a synopsis of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy [from Amazon]:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

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