‘Divergent’ TV Series ‘Ascendant’ Lands at Starz, Writers Set
Why yes, Lionsgate is still trying to keep the Divergent franchise Ascendant. A TV continuation of the films has officially landed in development at Starz, as written, executive produced and directed by the original film team.
Deadline reports that Lionsgate’s acquisition of Starz has landed Ascendant its TV outlet, with Adam Cozad writing and executive producing, and would-be film director Lee Toland Krieger also aboard. The project is only in early stages, so it remains unclear whether the proposed series would follow the movie plot, or place emphasis on new characters for an ongoing story.
Previously, Divergent franchise stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Miles Teller all doubted their participation in a TV wrap-up, though the Deadline piece leaves open the possibility. Woodley previously stated of a return “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show,” while Theo James noted “actors that have been in the three movies probably won’t be in whatever it evolves to in the future.” Miles Teller offered a less conclusive “At this point, it’s a different set of circumstances. We’ll see. I honestly haven’t talked to anybody.”
The Divergent Series barely held enough interest to greenlight a fourth film, let alone pick up years later in an all-new TV series, so does Ascendant deserve to get off the ground?