The Divergent film was based on Veronica Roth’s trilogy that is set in a futuristic world where society is divided into five factions. After one enters adulthood, he or she must choose one of these five groups and commit to the faction for life. However Tris, the protagonist of the series discovers that she is “divergent,” so she doesn’t fit into just one particular faction. After she discovers this, she tries to keep things on the down low as war emerges that threatens everyone she loves.
Mxdwn Television previously reported that the final installment of the Divergent film series will not be shown in theatres. Instead, fans will be able to watch the last part of the trilogy on television. The news of course, surprised not only fans but cast members alike. But the executives of Liongate are confident that the future is bright for the post-apocalyptic franchise.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Beggs, the chairman of Lionsgate TV expressed his excitement for wrapping up the adaptation of Roth’s trilogy on the small screen. The series will introduce new characters and stories to continue the franchise. Beggs said that he “got excited about the possibility of what the series could look like — resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons.”
Originally, Lionsgate had planned to adapt the third book, Allegiant as two films. Which is similar to how the last Harry Potter film was split into two movies and same with the Hunger Games franchise. However, since the Allegiant film didn’t do so well in theatres, Liongate reconsidered releasing Ascendant on the big screen. “The performance of the last segment of the theatrical didn’t really create a situation where [Lionsgate] could commit the production resources necessary to really make the production we needed,” Beggs stated.
Currently, it’s not exactly known whether the stars of Divergent (Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller) will be apart of the TV project. Regardless, Beggs said the project has already generated interest at about a dozen networks and he will pitch the concept next week.