The most successful among the influx of post-Hunger Games apocalyptic YA illuminated franchises, Divergent and its similarly poorly-named sequels have nearly offered Lionsgate with the Everdeen-sized payday these were searching for. The franchise’azines first outing gathered a handsome $150 thousand draw and remained solid in the second installment, raking throughout $130 million — not quite Hunger Games money, yet more than enough to ensure that every sequel opportunities are going to be explored to completion. When the box-office receipts from The Divergent Line: Insurgent (a.k.a new. Divergent 2) came rolling inside, executives greenlit a bifurcation with the final novel straight into two separate videos to be titled Allegiant and Ascendant, with the throw and Insurgent director Robert Schwentke agreeable. Now, a new survey has thrown the wrench into that approach.
Deadline reports today that Schwentke has pulled out connected with the Divergent franchise before he could possibly begin production on Ascendant. Your director has already helmed Insurgent and gotten Allegiant, seeking a March 17 release, in the can. In fact he points out the draining back-to-back firing schedules for Allegiant and Ascendant as the reasoning for his drawback from the fourth picture, claiming that there are simply no hard feelings between himself and Lionsgate and has nothing against the franchise.
Lionsgate is now scrambling to procure a suitable replacement in time to adhere to their scheduled Ascendant release associated with June 9, 2017, nevertheless chances are that they’ll safe another workmanlike low-profile director to see blockbuster through to completion. Elsewhere, Shailene Woodley is angrily getting in touch with her agent in addition to demanding to know the reason he didn’t let her know that she could get outside of these things whenever the lady wanted.