Did the bad reviews of the “Allegiant” cause its finale, “The Divergent Series: Ascendant,” not to reach the big screen?
Four months after “Allegiant” was released, a new report has claimed that the final installment of the “Divergent” series will only be seen on the small screen due to an unknown reason.
According to a source, described by Variety as someone who has personal knowledge of the situation, instead of releasing it in theaters by June next year, “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” will already premiere on TV.
Tagged as a television movie, the science fiction drama series starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James will be followed by a standalone series adopting the same plot set in the post-apocalyptic age with Lionsgate handling the production.
However, there have been no final words yet if the movie’s lead cast members will continue to portray their roles in the new show.
What is apparent now is the plan to start the series with the current cast along with some new ones who will eventually take over when the spinoff is about to premiere.
Meanwhile, The Wrap reported that the TV series following “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” television movie has not started filming yet.
It can be noted that “Allegiant,” the third movie in the franchise, only made $29 million during its opening day, way below the previous installments’ opening sales of more than $50 million.
It can be recalled that the predecessor of “The Divergent Series: Ascendant,” received negative comments from a number of critics. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes only gave it a rating of 10 percent, The Wrap disclosed in a separate report.
“‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant’ brings back the same cast of characters to do more or less exactly what they did in the previous films, only this time in sets with more sci-fi gloss than postapocalyptic grunge,” the site’s film critic Ben Croll stated.