The Divergent series that attempted to ride on the recent wave of young adult action flicks failed to garner the response that was hailed for the Hunger Games. The result is, fourth and the final installment of the series, The Divergent Series: Ascendant will now be released as a television movie.
The movie, which was supposed to come out on June 9, 2017, will thereafter be aired as a standalone TV series. Lionsgate will continue to manage the production of the movie, but the main aim is to bring aboard a new batch of characters after drawing an end to the story around the current Divergent characters in the upcoming TV movie.
Even though Lee Toland Krieger will once again take up his role as the director of the series, there is no confirmation yet from Shailene Woodley, Theo James and the other cast members on whether they would be reprising their roles in the final movie. Nothing has been finalized, which network or streaming services would air the project.
According to a report by the Cinema Blend, The Divergent Series: Allegiant was the worst in the series, and managed to raise only a little over $179 million worldwide. The movie was also severely down rated by the critics. The poor turnout led Lionsgate to reconsider a new strategy and they decided upon taking the final installment to the small screen rather than shutting down the project entirely.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant will be made on a much smaller budget and the prospect of releasing it on television appeared to be a much better deal than releasing it on the big screen against the likes of World War Z 2 and The Mummy reboot.
The news of the newest development came as a surprise to lead actress Woodley, as it has, to many other people. Speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Woodley said that she is not yet sure about what’s coming next for her and she would need to talk and get more details about it, the Cinema Blend reported.