Your Biggest Fear About the Divergent Series is, Sadly, Coming True
Welp, guess this was the smartest move possible: After the dismal box-office numbers from Divergent‘s last movie, Allegiant, garnered, Lionsgate has decided to not move forward with the final film, Ascendant… at least, in the form it was originally supposed to be presented in.
In April, rumor had it that the budget for the fourth installment would be slashed after all the negativity surrounding the third flick, BUT Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz & Miles Teller were all still tapped to return this summer to shoot the project in Atlanta, which was scheduled to hit theaters in June 2017. Now, word has it that Ascendant will be a TV movie instead.
According to Variety, “The studio wants to wrap up the film series on the small screen.” The good news: It’s supposed to segue into a spin-off TV show! “The idea is to finalize the storylines involving the current cast,” Variety reports. “And to introduce a new cast, who would then continue the series on either a traditional or streaming network.”
The bad news: The stars may not return. Nooo, Theooo!
Let this be a lesson: Not all books need to be split into two parts on screen.
Guess we can now add Divergent to the list of YA movie series that were cut short because the previous film(s) failed at the box office:
The Mortal Instruments
Shadowhunters around the world eagerly anticipated the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the first book in author Cassie Clare's hit series. Unfortunately, after earning only $31.17 million at the domestic box office (after having a $60 million budget, not including marketing), this was considered a colossal fail, so the idea of a City of Ashes sequel was put to rest.
Thankfully, a television show based on the novels is tapped to premiere on ABC Family (soon-to-be Freeform) come January 2016. Fingers crossed for Shadowhunters, guys!
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