‘Divergent’ Director Neil Burger Will Not Return for Sequel ‘Insurgent’

The film is set in a future America that is divided into five ideological factions, where people must chose a faction based on their personalities. Hitting theaters March 21, 2014.
The film is set in a future America that is divided into five ideological factions, where people must chose a faction based on their personalities. Hitting theaters March 21, 2014.

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.

Divergent was released March 21st, 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn. The film is directed by Neil Burger.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent was released March 20th, 2015 and stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Cynthia Barrett. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke.

Sources: Variety

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  1. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 No, I think with comedies it's all a matter of preference, taste, and substance. It depends on the nature of it that will bring an audience to gravitate toward it. You have those that don't mind spoofs, but not as a majority. You have those that enjoy story based comedies that still hold some substance. Those tend to do extremely well. And you have those who like those over the top silly comedies that tend to fall somewhere between the story based and the spoofs. Comedies, depending on the entertainment do tend to do well. It just depends on the seasons in which they fall and the competition they are up against.

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  2. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede maybe thats why most comedies are unsuccessful

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  3. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 So to speak. That's concerning most entertainment from books to film. Companies play it safe. Similar products are safe investments because they have been proven to work. At the same time, they are annoying when the general audience finally catches on. Where you have those that will be revered for their craft you have things like this that may have fleeting success if any.

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  4. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede i understand what ur saying so its like when one original movie comes out multiple movies are based off that movie but they dont say it

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  5. Mieko_Siede

    @undeadslayer4 You missed my point. Most films have always been adaptations from some form of source material be it in books, short stories, or more recently comics. That's not what I'm saying at all. What I'm saying is that when the source material these movies are being adapted from lack originality then it turns into a heaping mess. The Divergent series barrows heavy inspiration from the Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series. Much the Maze Runner borrows from those elements. Hunger Games from Battle Royale. The Mortal Instruments from elements of several books of the genre. The Unwanteds from Harry Potter and Hunger Games. House of Night series from Harry Potter. Percy Jackson, the demigod version of Harry Potter. A lot of these publishers are looking for the next so and so. They do it because they know similar titles will sale much faster than investing in something new. Sometimes it takes time once the hype of these things die down for the new material to gain real traction. But you can look at these films, Divergent and Hunger Games, even the coming Maze Runner, and see that the studios much like many top publishing houses now are playing it safe. The writing styles of the books are even so similar that it wouldn't be hard for a reader to question whether one author is adopting a pen name. The point is, no matter where you turn there is no originality anymore and these movies are further illustrating that. They may have different names and slightly different setting by design but the overall theme is the same. I wasn't speaking to the source this is coming from but the material itself that they are gravitating toward for the sake of sales.

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  6. undeadslayer4

    @mieko-siede i disagree even rambo was based on a book with the exception of star wars, star trek, terminator and most comedies even to this day most movies are based on books so u cant really say that

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  7. Mieko_Siede

    Wow. It's sad to see that there is nary any originality anymore. If it isn't a reboot it's a copycat. These films lack any flare for imagination. To me, it hinders any of the potential in the storytelling when I can find instant relation or similarity to a project much the same.

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  8. Gaucho

    Milking it for what its worth. . .Everyone is looking for the next "twilight" or "hunger games". . . So happy when mortal instruments bombed!

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  9. artkid04

    speeding to fast on the sequel for this, I'd wait to see how the film does first

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