'Divergent' Finale Heading to TV to Launch Spin-off Series

'Divergent' Finale Heading to TV to Launch Spin-off Series

Jul 21, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Lionsgate is now planning to debut The Divergent Series: Ascendant on television rather than in theaters. According to Variety, the intention is then to launch a TV series with the same post-apocayptic setting.

What is most surprising about the plan is that the first two films in the series were financially successful. Rising star Shailene Woodley (top) played Beatrice, born into a future society divided into five factions; she, however, doesn't truly fit into any faction and soon learns about a sinister plot that's afoot. Divergent, released in 2014 and reportedly budgeted at $85 million, earned more than $288 million at the box office worldwide, while its followup, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, made more than $297 million worldwide.

 

The third installment, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, earned quite a bit less, though, totaling $179 million in worldwide receipts. While that's still a lot of money, bear in mind that the production budget was considerable as well, and that doesn't include marketing and many other costs. After its disappointing opening weekend, our box office expert Erik Childress pointed out the financial challenges that awaited for the series merely to break even or possibly earn a small profit.

 

The Divergent Series is based on a trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. Before the first installment was released, the decision was made to split the third novel into two movies, following the pattern that had been established first by the Harry Potter series, then by The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games series. Movies aimed at young adults were red hot at the time, but the market has cooled in the past couple of years.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Reportedly, the plan is for the television movie to finish the primary storylines that have been established in the first three theatrical installments and then introduce a new cast for the TV show. Big questions remain, however. Will stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and others return for the TV movie? What about director Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline)?

The Divergent Series: Allegiant was scheduled to open in theaters on June 9, 2017. We'll have to wait to see what happens and when (or if) fans will get to see the conclusion of the series on screen.

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