If you follow the hot young adult books fast becoming films, then you already know that Divergent is on that list. Summit Entertainment has the distinct privilege of making Veronica Roth’s novel into something for which we all want to get midnight screening tickets. The project’s latest news is the release of a release date. Mark your calendars for March 21, 2014. Maybe March will be a lucky month. If memory serves, The Hunger Games was released this March. Of course The Hunger Games adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence did very well. Here’s to hoping the Divergent movie will be as highly anticipated.
The premise of Divergent is pretty darn creative. The action-adventure is all about the most important decisions we make and their impact on our lives. The story takes place in a vision of the future where America is divided into five ideological factions. Each and every citizen must choose a permanent faction by the time they turn 16. Then, once the decision is made, there’s a grueling initiation process. For our heroine, Beatrice, her initiation is especially difficult because of the faction she has chosen. To top things off, there’s a conspiracy at play which will threaten everything the girl holds dear.
The five factions are 1. Candor (the honest) 2. Erudite (the intelligent) 3. Amity (the peaceful) 4. Dauntless (the fearless) 5. Abnegation (the selfless). What does the title mean? That’s the word which describes Beatrice. It means she isn’t just suited to one faction, like most people. The fact that’s she’s Divergent is meant to be a secret.
Divergent‘s author, Veronica Roth is only 23 years old and this was her debut book. I’m so jealous. Divergent is a New York Times Best seller. It’s followed up by the sequel, Insurgent, which is also a best seller. Divergent has been praised for it’s quick pace.
Summit Entertainment is also the studio behind the Twilight films. The screenplay writer is Evan Daugherty. He also wrote the screenplay for Snow White and the Huntsman. No director has been announced yet. Summit Entertainment purchased film rights to the novel before the book was released to the public. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through Red Wagon Entertainment with Pouya Shahbazian.
It’s an exciting time for book adaptations. I’m looking forward to Breaking Dawn, part two, The Host, Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles), Fahrenheit 451, City of Bones (Mortal Instruments series), The Great Gatsby, The Seventh Son, Robopocalypse and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Which book would you like to see made into a movie?