Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The Divergent movies were never as big (or as good) as the Hunger Games series, but those first two films held onto those dystopian young adult coattails and became moderate successes at the box office, certainly justifying the existence of the third movie, Allegiant. Unfortunately, the third adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular book series was a box office flop, making roughly $100 million less at the international box office than its predecessors.
Lionsgate’s response was unconventional: the fourth film, Ascendant, would become a TV movie and a backdoor pilot for a television series set in the Divergent universe. Now, series star Shailene Woodley has confirmed that she will not play a role on the small screen version of the franchise.
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Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The future of the Divergent film series remains uncertain. In February, director Robert Schwentke stepped away from the franchise after helming The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant (he was replaced by Toland Krieger). A month later, Allegiant hit theaters and was a box office bomb, grossing half of what the previous film had made at the domestic box office. Unlike other YA movie franchise like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, which remained strong until the end, Divergent was out of breath on its second-to-last film.
And that’s when things got really weird: Lionsgate announced that Ascendant, the fourth and final film in the series, would be a TV movie that would act as the backdoor pilot for a new television series set in the Divergent universe. However, it seems that nobody told franchise star Shailene Woodley, and she’s now made it pretty clear that she’s not interested in starring in the made-for-TV finale.
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Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go and totalitarianism.
Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Few films have the capacity to completely derail a family gathering quite like Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Snowden, which tells the true story of the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, exposed the shocking extent of government surveillance, and promptly fled the country to avoid arrest and charges of treason. Everyone has an opinion on Edward Snowden and the mere mention of his name is enough to turn pleasant conversations into verbal brawls. The question of whether he’s a hero or a traitor continues to be debated by millions of Americans. It’s a touchy subject. A controversial subject.
Which means it’s perfect material for Stone, who is usually at his best when he’s given the opportunity to rile people up. The new Snowden trailer is here and while it doesn’t look as extreme as JFK, it certainly looks like it has more political bite than W.
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Following the making of The Divergent Series: Insurgent and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, director Robert Schwentke decided against returning for the final installment, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. But the fourth film in the series is still scheduled to open next summer, and the studio may have found a replacement who can meet that date.
Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adeline) may close out the franchise. Learn more about the project and Krieger’s involvement below.
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Right now The Divergent Series is in a bit of a tight spot since the final installment of the young adult sci-fi franchise from Lionsgate just lost its director. Robert Schwentke has been at the helm of Insurgent and next month’s forthcoming Allegiant, but Ascendant just proved to be too much for the director, opting to “spend more time with his family” (or at least that’s what the studio says).
But the franchise has a bit of buffer time for now with The Divergent Series: Allegiant debuting one more quick trailer before the film hits theaters in just over a month. This one continues to focus on Shailene Woodley as the only pure being to come out of the desolate, post-apocalyptic Chicago with Jeff Daniels and his people choosing to get rid of the rest, seemingly for the betterment of humanity. Of course, that just won’t stand for Tris. Read More »
With The 5th Wave hitting theaters this weekend, it’s the perfect time to promote the other young adult franchise that’s still pumping out sequels. In March, The Divergent Series: Allegiant continues the story of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and the rest of her rebel crew as they decide to venture outside of the walls of Chicago that have kept them separated from the outside world for so long. A new Allegiant trailer shows off what’s in store for the gang, but with a different tone than you might expect Read More »
With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 arriving next week, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are prepared to show off the next chapter in the other major young adult sci-fi franchise featuring a female lead. The Divergent Series: Allegiant doesn’t arrive until March 2016, but a full trailer has arrived showing off just what’s at stake, and what Tris (Shailene Woodley) must do in order to ensure that she and the people of Chicago will survive whatever experiment is being done on the city. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
As next Maze Runner and Hunger Games films prepare for their fall bows, studio marketing teams are starting to pave the way for next year’s crop of YA action franchises. Following the new 5th Wave trailer earlier today comes the first trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley as plucky heroine Tris.
Following the events of this year’s Insurgent, Tris and her friends are ready to find out what lies beyond the walls of their secluded society. The answer might surprise you, but probably won’t if you read the headline. Watch the first The Divergent Series: Allegiant trailer after the jump. Read More »
Who is the latest actor to be rumored for Green Lantern? Would Common still be interested in the role? Could Shailene Woodley reprise her role as Mary Jane in the new Spider-Man movies? What are the latest tidbits on Suicide Squad? Is there a review of Daredevil out? Has DC Comics redesigned Batman yet again? Want to see a Stan Lee Lego mini-figure? And where can you get that Guardians of the Galaxy set above? How much is the first estimate for opening weekend gross of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »