It looks like Lionsgate will use the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hype to give the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, a little boost. We expected this would happen, but now Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed it; the very first trailer for Insurgent will screen before Mockingjay – Part 1 on November 21st.
Feltheimer and co. have high hopes for the Divergent franchise overall, so high in fact that they’re considering going beyond four films. Hit the jump for more on the Insurgent trailer debut as well as the possibility of a fifth Divergent film.
According to Seeking Alpha, (via International Business Times), Feltheimer broke the news about the Insurgent trailer at the company’s fiscal 2015 first-quarter earnings conference. Here’s what he said:
“With the first ‘Insurgent’ trailer slated to debut with the release of ‘Mockingjay’ in November, skyrocketing book sales, a stellar home entertainment launch and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort generating ever-increasing online buzz, I think you can understand why we believe that the ‘Divergent’ series is becoming very special.”
And he’s right. Divergent didn’t come anywhere close to The Hunger Games’ $152.5 million start back in March 2012, but the film did take $54.6 million of its own to start and then went on to accumulate $274.9 million at the worldwide box office. On top of that, Woodley, James and Elgort are all getting bigger and bigger as the days go on, Divergent’s home entertainment products are doing exceptionally well and Veronica Roth’s latest installment, Four: A Divergent Collection, is apparently doing great, too.
Speaking of which, it seems as though there’s some interest in bringing the Four stories to screen as well. When talking about the possibility of a fifth installment, Feltheimer replied:
“We certainly hope so.”
I’ve read all three Divergent books, but have yet to give Four: A Divergent Collection a go, so can’t comment on whether or not the stories would make a good movie, but even with the recent success, it does seem a little early to start bringing up a fifth film. The second Allegiant movie doesn’t even hit theaters until 2017 and who’s to say Lionsgate will even want to continue the series at that point?
When you’re posting numbers like $152.5 million in a single weekend, that’s one thing, but with Divergent’s $54.6 million opening, there is more of a chance Insurgent’s earnings could dip a little bit. Will that definitely happen? Of course not. In fact, I’m betting it’ll make even more than its predecessor, especially because, right now, it doesn’t have any wide release competition in that March 20, 2015 slot.
But still, my plan is to wait and see how it goes and if Insurgent really is as big a hit as Lionsgate is hoping for, that’s when I’ll plow through those Four stories in preparation for the possible feature film.