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.
Back in November, we mentioned that Divergent was rounding up the likes of Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) to star opposite Shailene Woodley in the Neil Burger adaptation. Reynor just landed a lead in Transformers 4, so he’s likely off the table, but newcomers Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) are now vying for the coveted role. Lionsgate is hoping that the property will be the next Twilight and/or The Hunger Games, which is a reasonable goal seeing as the Divergent novels lift themes from both series. Hit the jump for more.
Though Summit/Lionsgate already has the young adult market cornered with the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, Summit (which is now owned by Lionsgate) is looking to turn yet another popular YA book series into a feature film franchise. Variety reports that The Illusionist and Limitless helmer Neil Burger has entered early talks to direct an adaptation of Divergent.
Written by Veronica Roth at the ripe old age of 22, the book has drawn comparisons to the Hunger Games series for its similar futuristic setting in which teen-on-teen violence takes place. Though blatant ripoffs are easy to spot, I’ve actually heard good things about Divergent and the novel—which is the first in a trilogy—is quite popular. Hit the jump for more.
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.