The trend of splitting the final book in a series to add an extra film (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games) might come back to bite the Divergent film series. As most of you know, Lionsgate announced back in 2014 that they would be splitting the final book in the franchise to make room for a fourth film.
It seemed like a good decision at the time, but it looks like things are going to get a little complicated now. Robert Schwentke, the director behind Insurgent and this year’s Allegiant has announced he won’t be returning to direct the final film.
And while the studio had no official comment on the news, sources close to the production told Variety that the director simply needed a break. There is reportedly no bad blood between the studio and Schwentke. Of course, who knows if we’re getting the full story here. It seems like there has to be more going on because one would think the director would have wanted to finish what he started.
Much like David Yates did with the Harry Potter franchise and most recently Francis Lawrence with The Hunger Games. You have to imagine everyone believed Schwentke would finish things for the Divergent series.
Filming for the fourth film is scheduled to start this summer in Atlanta, and it probably won’t be too difficult for the studio to find a director willing to take over. However, it’ll be interesting to see if you’ll be able notice the change between Part 1 and part 2.
In any event, you can catch The Divergent Series: Allegiant in a theater near you March 18, 2016. The final film is scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release date.[mashshare]