Following a lacklustre third part, news emerged in late July that Lionsgate's Divergent franchise will likely not have its expected fourth cinematic release, but instead end with a television movie, and have its own spinoff TV series.
And while the announcement may have come as a disappointing shock to fans, it seems like no one was more surprised than the stars of the series, with supporting cast member Miles Teller (Peter Hayes) speaking out this week about his surprise at the news.
Teller is currently doing the publicity rounds for his upcoming film War Dogs and spoke to Variety — who broke the initial news about the series move to TV — and The Hollywood Reporter about his surprise, and also whether or not he would take part in the final installment given it's new incarnation. Telling Variety:
"I’ve talked to nobody. I found out 20 minutes before Variety printed it."
The 29-year-old then went onto speak about his uncertainty about returning for a television movie, given the new format the series is taking.
"When we all signed on for the first one we had every intention of finishing it theatrically. We signed on for x amount of movies and you take that all into consideration. We wanted to see that storyline finish. You know, it’s moving into a different format. So who knows?"
This was also echoed in his comments to THR.
"At this point, it's a different set of circumstances. We'll see. I honestly haven't talked to anybody."
However, despite his uncertainty about what role in the franchise going forward, he was also quick to comment about the good times he had with the series and the actors who worked on it, saying "we all really enjoyed that time we spent together and those characters."
However Teller isn't the only star of the Divergent series expressing serious doubt at the announcement. Take a look a short timeline of news and actor reactions to the reveal that the franchise is moving to the small screen:
Variety reports the final movie in the Divergent series, Ascendent, will be released as a television movie, and the series may also span a spinoff TV series.
At San Diego Comic-Con lead star Shailene Woodley (Tris Prior) admits she received no information about situation, telling a press room "honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened, and I landed, and I’m like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?"
Woodley tells Yahoo that it wasn't just her who was blindsided by the news, adding that she thought the announced has come "as a surprise to everybody" involved in the film.
Ansel Elgort (Caleb Prior) then speaks to the Huffington Post, and implies that the cast of the first three films will not return for the television movie.
"It’s obviously sad because the cast all really liked each other, but hopefully we can all work together on a different project... I love Shailene and I love Theo [James] and everyone else in the cast. ... We didn’t say our goodbyes because we were expecting to do another one together."
Miles Teller speaks out to Variety and THR about his uncertainty over returning to the series if it moves to television.
Other stars of the franchise such as Theo James (Four) and Zoe Kravitz (Christina) and Jeff Daniels (David) are yet to speak out about whether or not they would still be prepared to star in a TV movie. But regardless, it looks like the much beleaguered Divergent series has a long way to go before we can expect to see the fourth installment on a screen of any size.