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“Divergent” Director Neil Burger Drops Out of Sequel

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Neil Burger has announced that he will not be directing the second film in Lionsgate’s “Divergent” film franchise. The sequel is scheduled for release on March 20th, 2015. Burger is currently in post-production for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21, 2014, release and Lionsgate has revealed they are currently seeking another director for “Insurgent.” The films are based on the novels of the same name written by Veronica Roth.

The “Divergent” franchise — released via its Summit brand — is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five “Twilight” films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s  first two “Hunger Games” have pulled in over $1.4 billion.

The March, 2015, release date of “Insurgent” requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also announced Monday that the third film, “Allegiant,” will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.

“Divergent” also stars Theo James, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet. Set in a dystopian Chicago, the  story centers on a society divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue — Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite — with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.

Summit has issued a statement in response to Burger leaving the project, saying that scheduling issues have precluded him from directing “Insurgent”:

“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent.  We can’t wait for you to see the film.  But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent.  So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”

Divergent Releases New Featurette

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Likely attempting to not be a box office flop like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Summit Entertainment has released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette to explain the world of its upcoming dystopian film, Divergent. The featurette is entitled, “Taking a Stand.” Continue reading

New Featurette Revealed For The Factions in Divergent

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The first official featurette for Summit Entertainment’s Divergent has been released online. The video explores the different factions within the story. Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Continue reading

Divergent Adaptation Adds Three New Actors To Cast List

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You may remember the novel, “Divergent” from our BSC Book Tournament last year and now it is getting its own big screen adaptation. It was announced a few weeks ago that Shailene Woodley had been cast in the lead role but her costars have finally been revealed. Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) have joined the cast of Neil Burger’s adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Q will play Tori, a tattoo artist that befriends Tris while Kravitz plays another of Tris’ allies, Christina. Elgort, meanwhile, will play Tris’ twin brother, Caleb.

Here is the synopsis of the dystopian project:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. The novel was written by Veronica Roth and was released in 2012.

Divergent is planned to hit theaters on March 21, 2014.

Divergent Set To Cast Shailene Woodley

You may remember the novel, Divergent, written by Veronica Roth as a participant in our Annual BSC Book Tournament, however, now it seems it is getting its own big screen adaptation.

The film adaptation is set to be directed by Neil Burger, who’s previous work includes Limitless. It also appears that they are trying to secure The Descendants actress Shailene Woodley to play the lead role. This comes off of the back of news that Shailene is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson inThe Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Here is the synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

A projected release date for the film was given as March 21, 2014 in the U.S.

‘Divergent’ Adaptation gets a March 2014 Release Date

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?

Round 2 of BSC Book Tournament Match Up: Divergent vs 21 Erased

Round 2 of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament begins with match-ups between the Female Lead and Male Lead brackets. If you missed it, you can see our announcement of the brackets here as well as the unveiling of the full tournament schedule here. But now it is time for the voting to start!

We are keeping each round in its own post, but don’t worry! They will all be linked together to make it easier for you.

4: Divergent by Veronica Roth vs 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne

 

Be sure to check back next week for the results of round 2 of our book tournament. If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem. Polls will be open until March 20th, and results will be announced on Tuesday, March 21th.

6th Annual BSC Book Tournament Round 1 Female Leads VS Male Leads

The first round between our Female Lead bracket and the Male Lead Bracket has concluded! It was a tough round with many close calls, but in the end the fans spoke up and we have the winners for round 1. Round 2 for this bracket will begin March 17th and through till March 20th.

Congratulations to each of the winners from the match-ups!

You can see the winners from each bracket below:

Female Lead Winners

  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Line by Teri Hall
  • 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Dark Parties by Sara Grant
  • Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

Male Lead Winner

  • Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Round 2 match-ups begin tomorrow, March 16th, for the Global Catastrophe vs Future Apocalypse brackets.

The Match-ups are as follows:

1. Matched by Ally Condie VS Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

2. Dark Parties by Sara Grant vs Helper 12 by Jack Blaine

3. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts vs The Line by Teri Hall

4. 21 Erased by Barbara Rayne vs Divergent by Veronica Roth

So be sure to check back tomorrow, March 17th, to begin voting on these titles, and check in with us on Twitter for updates on the competition!

6th Annual Book Tournament Match-Up: Divergent VS Dark Life

Round 1 of the 6th Annual BSC Book Tournament begins with match-ups between the Female Leads and the Male Leads brackets. If you missed it, you can see our announcement of the brackets here as well as the unveiling of the full tournament schedule here. But now it is time for the voting to start!

We are keeping each round in its own post, but don’t worry! They will all be linked together to make it easier for you.

6: Divergent by Veronica Roth VS Dark Life by Kat Falls

Continue on to the next one here!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Female Leads VS The Male Leads bracket. If you experience any technical issues with the polling, please email Sarah@boomtron.com with the problem. Polls will be open until Wednesday night, and results will be announced on Friday, March 16th.