Divergent director Neil Burger will not be returning to helm the second part of Lionsgate's upcoming sci-fi adventure entitled Insurgent. In addition to the two films, Summit is planning a third project called Allegiant on March 18, 2016. The story is based on Veronica Roth's young-adult novels.
Divergent is set in a future, where America is divided into five ideological factions. In order to keep the society stabilized and ensure peace, every citizen of the country must side with a faction permanently at the age of 16. The story centers on Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), who joins a more aggressive faction that leaves her struggling to survive after her initiation. She must go on a journey to find her true strengths and risks everything in order to uncover a conspiracy that would redefine the balance of power forever.
The young-adult franchise is being setup to lead in the genre and follow the success of the Twilight and The Hunger Games films. The first bringing in over $3 billion worldwide with the latter pulling in over a $1 billion. Neil Burger is currently in post-production on Divergent. The studio is currently searching for a replacement.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent comes to theaters March 20th, 2015 and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke.