Lionsgate seems determined to see the 'Divergent' film trilogy, starring Shailene Woodley, to the end, but it's going to have to do that without director Neil Burger. As the studio sets a release date for the third and final installment in the series, 'Allegiant,' Burger has bowed out of helming any forthcoming sequels.
The business of adapting bestselling young-adult books into movies can result in untold riches (see 'The Hunger Games' and 'Harry Potter') or it can result in something instantly and completely forgettable (does anyone remember 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'?). The upcoming adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel is certainly hoping for the former, and unlike so much of the competition, the new 'Divergent' trailer makes it look like the film may have the pedigree to pull it off.
Thursday, Jul. 18 on Comic-Con 2013's bustling Hall H stage was home to two highlights from the young-adult movie genre's upcoming slate. Summit Entertainment, the studio behind 'The Twilight Saga,' kicked things off with panel presentations for 'Ender's Game' and 'Divergent,' both bringing with them a slew of guests and tons of updates, including the first footage from 'Divergent.'
Although 'The Hunger Games' seems to be doing an excellent job of filling the young adult movie void left by the conclusion of the 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' franchises, there's still plenty of room for others to rise to the occasion. Could the upcoming 'Divergent' be the next big thing? Maybe. We'll get our first inkling of what's to come with this one when the film's first footage premieres at Comic-Con 2013.
Shailene Woodley is one busy lady. In addition to starring alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' she's currently filming 'Divergent,' an adaptation of the first book in a Young Adult trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Although it's too early to say if this could be the next 'The Hunger Games' or 'Twilight,' our first official look at Woodley in the film has arrived, giving all of the fans something to talk about.
Neil Burger's 'Divergent,' one of the latest Young Adult novels getting a feature film adaptation, continues to beef up the casting around lead Shailene Woodley. The latest to join the ranks of the upcoming sci-fi dystopian adventure is Jai Courtney of 'A Good Day to Die Hard' and 'Spartacus' fame.
Prepare yourself to hear a whole lot about 'Divergent' this year. The film, based on the first in a planned Young Adult novel trilogy, is being pegged as the next 'Hunger Games,' and its star, Shailene Woodley, could just be the next Jennifer Lawrence. Now the film gets a little closer to becoming a reality with the filling of three crucial supporting roles.