Director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) has signed on to make Summit Entertainment's Divergent, a property that has drawn comparisons to Lionsgate's The Hunger Games.
Neil Burger signs on to direct Divergent for Summit Entertainment
The story is set in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions, each based on a virtue citizens must live their lives by - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The plot centers on Beatrice Prior, a 16-year-old who must decide which ideal to devote her life to, even if it means being separated from her family and friends. She must then undergo a strenuous initiation, while trying to figure out where a potential romance fits into her complicated life.
We first reported on this project last March, when the studio acquired the novel rights from 24-year-old author Veronica Roth. The book is the first in a planned trilogy. The sequel, Insurgent, was released in May, and the untitled third installment will be published next fall.
The studio plans to start production next March for an early 2014 release.