The little Hunger Games wannabe that could is making a major change for its final chapter.
Variety reports that Divergent, the young adult sci-fi series that has never really lived up to the hype, will become a TV movie for its final chapter, Ascendant. The film was originally set to open theatrically, like the other entries in the series. The TV movie would aim to wrap up the main story and help set up a new standalone television series with new characters, but set within the same world.
Lionsgate’s television division will handle production, and it sounds like the studio decided to rethink the theatrical release for Ascendant after the less-than-stellar box-office performance of Allegiant. The series started off with decent numbers but has trailed off with each subsequent sequel. Taking it to TV is certainly a creative solution, that’s for sure, if not also an admission that the series isn't strong enough to compete on the big screen. But if it works, this could be a gamechanger. So, definitely something to watch.
There are just a few questions left to answer: The report notes the deal is still in the early stages, and no network has signed on as of yet. It’s also “not clear” if stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, etc. would opt to stick around for the potential TV movie. Lee Toland Krieger (Age of Adaline) had been tapped to direct the film when it was still theatrical, though again, it’s not clear if he’ll stay under the new proposal.
Ascendant was originally supposed to start shooting this summer, ahead of a June 2017 release.