Lionsgate Splitting Adaptation of Final DIVERGENT Book, ALLEGIANT, into Two Parts

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This is what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has wrought.  From now on, the final chapter of every major franchise will be split in two.  Mark my words: Eventually the adaptation of the final book in a trilogy will be split into thirds.  Xzibit will have to appear before every franchise and say, “I heard you like trilogies so I put a trilogy inside your trilogy.”  The latest franchise to get the split treatment is Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy.  It’s not a surprising move.  Lionsgate split the final Twilight book—Breaking Dawn—into two parts and they’re doing the same thing with Mockingjay, the finale of the Hunger Games series.  You have to milk these franchises for all their worth even though I have yet to hear a single good thing about Allegiant.

Hit the jump for the press release regarding the Allegiant movie split.  The next installment, Insurgent will open on March 20, 2015.  Allegiant – Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016 and Allegiant – Part 2 will open on March 24, 2017.

Producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher Talk DIVERGENT, Director Neil Burger, Sequels, the Cast, Deleted Scenes, and More

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With Divergent now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher.  For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is 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.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ansel ElgortRay StevensonZoe Kravitz, Tony GoldwynAshley Judd, Ben Lloyd-HughesMaggie QMekhi Phifer, Christian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

During the interview, Wick and Fisher talked about how the project came together, casting the great group of young up and coming actors, deleted scenes, landing director Neil Burger, why he isn’t doing the sequel, when they’re planning on filming the next installment, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Shailene Woodley Talks DIVERGENT, Taking on Her First Big Movie, Having Fun with the Cast Away from Set, the Stunts, and More

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With director Neil Burger’s (LimitlessDivergent opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Shailene Woodley.  During the interview, Woodley talked about if she was nervous to take on her first big Hollywood movie, why the police were called to the building where the cast was staying when they were filming in Chicago, if she was nervous doing the stunts, the sequel Insurgent, and more.

For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Woodley) is 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.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe KravitzJai CourtneyTony GoldwynAnsel Elgort,Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

Producer Todd Lieberman Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Planning the Cameos, His Involvement with the DIVERGENT Sequel, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with producer Todd Lieberman.  During the interview he talked about the first time he heard they’d get to make a sequel, the process of developing the sequel and the urgency to get a story together, the cameos and the process of organizing them, his thoughts on Muppets TV specials or possibly a Muppets series, filming in London, his thoughts on getting the Muppets in LEGO form, how he came to be producing Insurgent (the sequel to Divergent), and a lot more.

In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21.

Theo James Talks DIVERGENT, the Stunts, Why the Police Came to the Building Where the Cast Was Staying, and More

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With director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) Divergent opening next weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview withTheo James (who plays Four).  During the interview, James talked about how happy he is with the  way the film turned out, if he was nervous doing the stunts, the sequel, why the police were called to the building where the cast was staying when they were filming in Chicago, what it was like working with Johnny Depp on London Fields, and more.

For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is 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.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe KravitzJai CourtneyTony GoldwynAnsel Elgort,Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

Writer-Director Akiva Goldsman Talks WINTER’S TALE, Finding Inspiration Through Loss, Filming His Flying Horse on the Fly, INSURGENT, and More

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Even though he’s a prolific writer and producer, having won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and produced acclaimed features including Lone Survivor and I Am Legend, Akiva Goldsman decided it was time to give directing a go.  However, it wasn’t because Goldsman had dreamed of eventually directing a feature, but rather because he found material that struck such a chord that directing the piece himself became the only option.  Come Valentine’s Day, we’ll get the chance to check out Goldsman’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel, Winter’s Tale. The film focuses on Colin Farrell’s Peter Lake, an expert thief who walks into a home intending to steal and winds up having something stolen from him – his heart.  (Come on; Valentine’s Day is on the way!)

Now, in addition to Goldsman’s The Dark Tower update, you can catch what he told us about bringing Winter’s Tale to screen including how the loss of a loved one made him particularly passionate about the narrative, what happened when their visual effects company shut down prior to filming, the decision to cast Will Smith as well as what we can expect from his script for the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, and loads more in the full video interview below.

Robert Schwentke to Direct DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT

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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.

Akiva Goldsman to Work on Script of DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT

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With the recent news that Neil Burger – the director for Summit’s upcoming Divergent adaptation – would not be returning to helm the sequel, the search is still on for a new director.  On the screenwriting front, however, Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) has been tapped to work on the follow-up film, Insurgent.  The first draft of the film was written by Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun).  Shooting on the adaptation of the second book in Veronica Roth’s YA trilogy is scheduled to begin this spring.  Hit the jump for more.

DIVERGENT Director Neil Burger Won’t Return to Helm Sequel INSURGENT [Updated with Statement from Summit]

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Divergent opens March 21, 2014—Summit has already scheduled the sequel Insurgent for March 2015, followed by the third movie Allegiant in March 2016 (announced tonight).  The studio clearly hopes for big things over the next three years from the adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s dystopian sci-fi series, set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities..  Director Neil Burger (Limitless) is in post-production on Divergent, but Variety reports he will not return to direct Insurgent.  The report does not specify why Burger will not return, but the tight schedule may be a culprit.  Insurgent will begin production in the spring to make the March 20, 2015 release date.

For more on Divergent, check out our set visit coverage.  Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Kate Winslet star.  Hit the jump to see what Summit had to say.

Miles Teller Says DIVERGENT Sequel to Shoot in April; Confirms THE FANTASTIC FOUR Talks

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Miles Teller’s career is heating up, and rightly so.  He gave one of the year’s best performances in The Spectacular Now, he’ll be seen later this year in the R-rated rom-com That Awkward Moment, and then he’s co-starring in the adaptation of the young adult best-seller, Divergent.  It turns out that Lionsgate is so confident in the movie that they’re already looking ahead to start filming the sequel soon after the first movie opens.  In a recent interview at the Savannah Film Festival, Teller said he thinks they’re going to start filming the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, in April.  However, it’s worth noting that the producers and studios may be keeping him and his co-stars in a holding pattern so that he has to keep that time frame available even if shooting doesn’t begin immediately.  Keep in mind that Divergent opens March 21, 2014, and unless it’s a ridiculous hit, the filmmakers are going to want to keep an eye on the public’s reaction.

Hit the jump for Teller talking about possibly starring in the Fantastic Four reboot.

Author Veronica Roth Talks DIVERGENT, the Film’s Casting, How Neil Burger’s Vision Compares to Her Own, the Final Book ALLEGIANT, and More

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Based on the best-selling first book in a trilogy, Divergent is set in a future society, divided into factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue and including Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent).  On an appointed day of every year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives, but when that day comes for Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley), her choice will surprise everyone, including herself.  Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), the film also stars Theo James, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney and Zoe Kravitz.

With the film now in production in Chicago, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other online outlets, to chat with author Veronica Roth about what this whole experience has been like for her.  During the interview, she talked about her first reaction when she read the script, what it was like to be on set, what fans of the book series can expect from Allegiant, the final installment in the trilogy, whether she’d ever write from another character’s point of view again, what it’s been like to see the characters and world in her head brought to life, which actors have asked her the most questions about their characters, why Shailene Woodley is perfect for Tris, the chemistry between her and Theo James, the director’s vision versus her own, and what she’s a fangirl about herself.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the books.

Summit Sets Brian Duffield to Pen DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT

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Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of the bestselling Veronica Roth novel, Divergent, isn’t due out until 2014, but the studio has already tapped screenwriter Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) to pen the sequel.  The second book in the trilogy, titled Insurgent, follows the [spoiler?] continuing adventures of Beatrice “Tris” Prior as war looms on the horizon and people are forced to choose sides.  The recently-revealed title of third book is Allegiant and it’s due out this October.

Divergent, the Neil Burger film, stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens on March 21, 2014.  Hit the jump for more.

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