There's a maze of YA novels that made it to the big screen, but you only need so many fingers to count the ones that were really successful. And while The Hunger Games so far has been the reference point in terms of winning over the hearts (and wallets) of young adults, the Divergent series unfortunately didn't reach the same kind of audience.
Lionsgate were probably hoping to create the same kind of anticipation that separated Parts I and II of the last chapter of Twilight, Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, but dividing Allegiant into two seemingly only served to extend the ordeal of everyone involved. What's really baffling, however, is that when the penultimate movie didn't bring in the expected box office dollars, the production reportedly considered converting the leftover pages into a TV series instead of a movie — without informing the main cast members as the rumor drifted through the media.
At Comic-Con, Shailene Woodley told Yahoo! Movies that she had no idea what was really going on at the studio:
"We don't have any information. I think that came as a surprise to everybody. So, I don't actually know how much truth is in that article or not."
Same surprise was echoed by Miles Teller over at Variety:
"I've talked to nobody. I found out 20 minutes before Variety printed it."
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'I Didn't Sign Up To Be In A Television Show'
Well, time has passed and it looks like the actors haven't heard much more about what was going to happen to their characters. Promoting her new movie Snowden, Woodley admitted she wasn't so keen on moving over to TV — and who would blame her? She gave Screen Rant this rather vague, yet clearly not enthusiastic answer:
"Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn't sign up to be in a television show. Out of respect to the studio and everyone in involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I'm not necessarily interested in doing a television show."
Could You Imagine The Last Part Of The Divergent Series With Different Actors?
The question is, does Allegiant Part II a.k.a. Ascendant really have any chance at all if the original actors aren't coming back? In that case, it might even benefit from rebooting the whole thing as a TV series, instead of trying to reach a semi-satisfying conclusion to the movie franchise.
It's not like the Divergent stars have empty schedules anyway: While Woodley is out promoting Snowden, we just caught sight of Theo James in the new Underworld: Blood Wars trailer and Teller is in the freshly released War Dogs with Jonah Hill.
Would you rather the Divergent series gets wrapped up with a TV series no matter the actors, or do you think the story could stop there? If you miss the Divergent movies, don't forget to check out the Allegiant edition of our magazine.
[Source: Screen Rant]