Robert Schwentke to Direct DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT

     February 11, 2014


About two months ago, we reported that Divergent director Neil Burger would not be returning to helm the sequel, titled Insurgent.  Now, it looks as if Summit has found a new director in Robert Schwentke, who is best known for directing the comedic actioner Red, and most recently helmed R.I.P.D.  Insurgent, the second book in the Veronica Roth novel series, was initially adapted for the screen by Brian Duffield, with work currently being done by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, and Kate Winslet, Divergent opens March 21st.  Hit the jump for more.

robert-schwentke-insurgentHere’s the press release from Summit providing more details on Schwentke coming on board to direct Insurgent:

Robert Schwentke will direct Summit Entertainment’s INSURGENT, the sequel to the studio’s futuristic adventure DIVERGENT based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller series. The film will be directed from a script currently being written by Akiva Goldsman from a draft initially written by Brian Duffield.  Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the film via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will executive produce the movie via their Mandeville Films banner along with Barry Waldman. INSURGENT, which is scheduled for release on March 20, 2015, will be filmed in Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL. The third film in the series, ALLEGIANT, is slated for release on March 18, 2016.  Summit is a LIONSGATE company.

In the thrilling sequel to DIVERGENT, INSURGENT continues the journey of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as war now looms. Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and to uncover the truth about her world, Tris must be stronger than ever because shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

insurgent-veronica-roth-book-coverErik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, said, “We are excited to announce that we have found the perfect director to carry on the story of Tris Prior and the expanded world of INSURGENT in Robert Schwentke. Robert, with whom we have already had a successful relationship, has proven a master storyteller in multiple genres and we can’t wait to see what he brings to Veronica Roth’s next installment of the DIVERGENT series. As well, we are very happy to welcome Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman to the team as executive producers.”

The extremely popular novel “Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped The New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in April of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers.  The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University.  She followed her first novel with the book “Insurgent,” which has also made its way to the #1 position on New York Times Best Sellers lists, and most recently released “Allegiant” which sold 455,000 copies on its first day of sales breaking a company record for HarperCollins. The novels in the Divergent trilogy were the top three books on USA Today’s best-seller list in 2013. The studio acquired the film rights to the book series in early 2011, several months before the first novel was published.

  • George

    Wow, they really don’t have faith in this franchise anymore… Way to bury any expectations!

    • Leo Spaceman

      They are already planning the sequel. How is that not faith? Unless they are just going through the motions of setting up the sequel to make it look like they are confident in the first film in hopes that it plays better in which case it makes sense that they would hope for the best and go ahead with seq….Ah F**k it, I really don’t care at all about this movie. Their first trailer made it clear that this movie is meant for stupid hormonal girls who want a pretty face to squeal over.

      • brandon

        Normally, I have no problem with a sequel already being planned before the release of a first installment. In fact, before this announcement I was ecstatic about the sequel and thrilled that they had a firm faith in this franchise.

        And then this guy comes in.

        Let me put it this way: if RIPD wasn’t such a piece of fiery goat shit to the point where it became one of the biggest flops of 2013 and automatically crushed Dark Horse’s chances of ever getting their properties on the screen (to say nothing of Star Wars getting yanked from them), I wouldn’t worry about this dude taking over.

        Now, you may think that the Divergent series is just for ‘stupid hormonal girls’, but if you actually read the books, you’d be proven dead wrong on that!

        Sure, there is romance, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t the most violent YA books I’ve ever read. And if you ask me, I don’t know how they’re going to pull off Insurgent without touching an R rating (that’s how violent it is).

        But goddamn it hurts that this jackass (Robert Schwentke) had to be the one for Insurgent.

      • DNAsplitter

        Besides R.I.P.D. Schwentke is a pretty decent director. R.E.D. and Flightplan were both good films w a great look to them. I think R.I.P.D. was just a mess of a production that shouldn’t be put on his shoulders alone.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I went into RIPD knowing it wasn’t going to be good and was therefore able to enjoy it for what it was. I barely remember anything about RED but I remember thinking it wasn’t too bad, so the director to me is no Brett ratner and I don’t mind him.

        I didn’t know violent the book was but I’m glad to hear that. I wasn’t attacking the books, I was attacking the ad campaign. The second trailer wasn’t too bad as it was more hunger games but the first trailer was twilight. Oh the cute guy touched my tummy now I have to look at him all awkwardly. Now the cute guy is giving a speech about how he wants to be this perfect man. Now this cute guy is taking off his shirt for me, hubahuba. O look at this intricate tattoo on the back of this cute guy, he must be so deep. O watch how this cute guy grabs a gun with such charisma and sooooooo convincingly makes everybody believe that he is going to lead us to war. My god my vagina was tingling the entire time that trailer was playing, I can’t wait to see this movie. I don’t even care that the girl and main protagonist became just some bland girl for which to project myself upon during that trailer so I could imagine myself being with that hubahuba instead.

        Second trailer got it right. First trailer turned me off the movie the second Edward, I mean jacob, I mean whoever this guy is came on screen.

      • rundmc1981

        Look at their choice of directors. Guy is awful. At least Hunger Games got it right by choosing competent directors to do the follow-ups by having Francis Lawrence take over for Gary Ross. With this, Neil Burger is a decent choice for the first one, but Robert Schwentke? Not a good choice. His films are terrible. Go watch Flightplan, Red, RIPD, or Time Traveler’s Wife in the $5 bin at WalMart and let me know if you think he’s capable of doing something as successful as Hunger Games.

    • milo

      When they read the third book, that may have killed their expectations for a potential franchise. Hard to imagine them making the third movie without completely changing it from the book.

  • Drake

    Well, RED was a fun movie. Still not in any way sold on this choice. The second book was a solid read, so I hope for the best. Just give this guy a good script!

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