We knew things were bad for the Divergent series earlier this year when the latest film Allegiant was slammed by critics and failed hard at the box office. It took home just $29 million during its opening weekend, a massive drop from Insurgent’s $52 million opening in 2015.
With one more film (Ascendant) left in the franchise, Lionsgate doesn’t want to risk losing more money, so the studio is aiming to release the final installment in the series as a low budget TV movie. This news shocked fans of the franchise, and it apparently shocked the cast & crew as well.
While Shailene Woodley was talking to reporters about her role in the upcoming biopic Snowden, she was asked about the Divergent drama, and she claims the studio didn’t tell her a thing.
“Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!’ I need to talk and find out what the details are. I know as much as you do.”
That’s not a good move by the studio, and Woodley doesn’t sound happy. It’s never a good idea to piss off the star of your franchise.
According to the reports, Lionsgate will attempt to use this TV release as a pilot to launch a spin-off TV series following around a new group of characters. Who knows if their plan will work, but they better send Woodley a basket of fruit or something if they care about their relationship with her.
Ascendant was scheduled to start filming this summer. We’ll keep you posted.