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‘Limitless’ Director in Talks for ‘Divergent,’ Summit’s New Young Adult Franchise

Divergent, Neil Burger
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Summit isn’t wasting any time following the end of the ‘Twilight‘ franchise. Next up is ‘Divergent,’ the first in a trilogy of young adult books by Veronica Roth. And Summit is eyeing director Neil Burger (‘Limitless’) for the job.

Variety is reporting that Summit has reached out to Neil Burger — who is a director of movies, and sadly not of meat stuffs — to direct ‘Divergent,’ the first in a planned trilogy of films based on the young adult trilogy by Veronica Roth. Burger directed last year’s kinetic action-drama ‘Limitless,’ starring Bradley Cooper.

‘Divergent’ follows a futuristic society where people are divided into factions based on their own virtues — honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, and intelligence. 16 year-old Beatrice is faced with a decision to choose which faction she will live in for the rest of her life, which is, like, forever when you’re young and your life is full of possibility and you’d rather not deal with the oppression of your elders, you know? But Beatrice has to choose between her family and her inner self (so been there), which leads her down a path of interesting things that Summit hopes can entertain you for at least nine hours over the course of three movies.

‘Divergent’ was optioned by Summit before it was even published, and was followed by the second novel, ‘Insurgent, released in May. The third book remains untitled (please let it be “Detergent”).

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