Shailene Woodley’s Final ‘Divergent’ Movie Loses Director

Courtesy of Lionsgate

Robert Schwentke is exiting as director of Lionsgate’s fourth and final “Divergent” film after directing the second and third films in the franchise.

The move comes two months after Lionsgate decided to move the fourth film — “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” back from March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017. That opened the spring break date for its “Power Rangers” movie.

The third film in the Woodley franchise, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is scheduled to open on March 18. The first two films — “Divergent” and “Insurgent” — have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide after opening in the late March slot.

Neil Burger directed the first film, “Divergent,” and decided not to do the second before the first film opened.

Lionsgate had no comment on Schwentke’s departure. A source close to the production said that the director, who is based in Los Angeles, felt that he needed a break.

The shoot on the fourth film will take place in Atlanta this summer.

At the end of the second film, Woodley’s character Tris learned she had been part of an experiment to heal the post-apocalyptic Earth.

Lionsgate did not have a deal in place with Schwentke for him to direct “Ascendant” but it’s understood that he could have done so had chosen to.

Schwentke also directed “Red” for Lionsgate along with “R.I.P.D.,” “Flightplan” and “The Time Traveller’s Wife.” He’s repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. propecia says:

    Wait. There is more than one?

  2. irwinator1992 says:

    The Divergent Series is a stuffy, uninspired mess in its original book form. And the film adaptations are simply no better. Robert Schwentke has seen better days as a director (RED, anyone?), but Insurgent and Allegiant are really not his fault. He didn’t have good scripts at his disposal, he had Lionsgate, of all studios, breathing down his neck, and the aforementioned books are crap. I put the blame on Veronica Roth, creator of The Divergent Series. Her lack of experience in writing shows in every single page. She cannot write a believable story/plot or convincing characters to save her life. I bet Roth is a nice person in real life, but she needs to learn how to tell a story! It should be easy for Schwentke and the actors to rebound from this clap-trap.

    • ninvoid99 says:

      Agreed. I saw Insurgent this past December on TV, one of the worst films I had ever seen. No wonder it didn’t do as well as the previous film. I think Schwentke realizes that this was a doomed franchise and decided to leave before it gets even worse.

  3. Lina says:

    I think this is a sign, depending on how poorly allegiant does, that a fourth movie might not be made after all. Coz really, movie the release date for ascendant to a more competitive summer release? Sure allegiant is supposed to be a part one movie, but these movies barely end on a cliffhanger. this way, tris also lives in the movies.

  4. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    “Needed a break”? You do realize you’re only directing HALF a movie, right? Say what you will about Deathly Hallows, Breaking Dawn and Mockingjay, but at least the same guy made both parts of those.

    • Loo says:

      I could be wrong but I can’t help think that maybe he was let go instead of leaving willingly. I’m not saying that’s a scandal or anything, directors and studios part ways all of the time.

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