Lionsgate Changes Future Plans For “The Divergent Series”
Although Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment planned The Divergent Series as a four-film franchise, those plans have just changed. Rather than release The Divergent Series: Ascendant in theaters, Lionsgate has opted to conclude this franchise with a TV movie. Fans of these films will be disappointed to know that it is not yet known if any of the original cast members will return. If the purpose of the TV movie is to conclude The Divergent Series, then not having Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Jeff Daniels, and Naomi Watts seems counterproductive.
Rather than settling for simply concluding The Divergent Series, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are hoping that the introduction of new characters in the TV movie will be popular enough to produce a spinoff TV show. Given that the creative teams behind The Divergent Series managed to make Tris a compelling character, but failed to make the secondary characters as interesting or relevant, the fact that this franchise will continue on without her character is a mistake: this is a desperate movie from Lionsgate to cash in on the popularity of Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series.
The decline of The Divergent Series is evident in its box office results, as well as the reaction from film critics and audience members. Divergent, which grossed over $288 million worldwide on an $85 million budget, merited a 41% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.7 IMDb average user rating. On the other hand, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which earned a 28% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.3 IMDb average user rating, grossed $297 million worldwide on a $110 million budget. The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which received a 13% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.8 IMDb average user rating, only grossed $179 million worldwide. Clearly, most fans are done with The Divergent Series. Unless Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment acquire a better creative team to take this series in a fresh, new direction, their Divergent TV movie and TV spinoff show will not be worth audience members watching.
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