remember when there were plans to create one more divergent movie called the divergent series: rising allegiant, part 2? those were simpler times.
table of contents: • on divergent series: rising • what happened to allegiant, part 2 • all canceled projects • actors who left allegiant, part 2 • where are the divergent actors now?
on ‘divergent series: ascending’:
In April 2014, Summit announced that the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series would be split into two films. “of course!” fandom sighed, remembering the divisions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
The film, “based on” the second half of Allegiant, was titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant and was originally scheduled for release on March 24, 2017. It was later pushed back to June 2017 to accommodate Power Rangers. . But after the Divergent Series: Allegiant (aka Allegiant, Part 1) tanked at the box office, the studio canceled the finale. how did we get here?
what happened to ‘the divergent series: ascendant’ aka ‘loyal, part 2’
For studios, getting two movies out of a single book is a piece of cake, as long as it’s done correctly. The bigwigs who own Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games split each of the final books in those series in half, then shot both parts back-to-back in one oversized production. it was a way to streamline productions and, more importantly, to save money. By shooting two movies at once, you reduce the amount of time it takes to start separate shots (gathering the cast, production crews, locations, etc.).
For Divergent, this is where the mistakes started to happen: For a reason we don’t know yet, Summit decided to film the Divergent: Allegiant series and the Divergent: Ascendant series separately. Suddenly, it didn’t seem like splitting the fourth book into Allegiant, Part 1 and Allegiant, Part 2 was a very profitable move.
The decision to shoot separate productions may have had a little to do with Lionsgate’s attempt to rush director Robert Schwentke. he shot insurgent and loyal, but left before he was promoted due to time constraints, meaning they needed someone new to join the final film. Since Schwentke was not ready for a third film, they were unable to film Allegiant and Ascendant simultaneously.
To make matters worse, the Divergent series’ box office earnings fell steadily during its run. domestically, divergent earned $150 million, insurgent earned $130 million, and allegiant earned $66 million. simultaneously, the quality and loyalty to the source material decreased. The movies seemed cheesier and the plots became more confusing, moving away from Veronica Roth’s original vision. on that trajectory, the divergent:up series would have made an embarrassingly low amount.
In July 2016, just a few weeks after Allegiant, Part 1 left theaters, Summit/Lionsgate decided to pull Allegiant, Part 2 from their theatrical schedule and move the project to the studio’s television department. In August 2017 we learned that there were plans to film the finale on a lower budget for television and use it to introduce a new spin-off series on network television. those ideas never got past the brainstorming stage.
was embarrassing for the studio for a number of reasons: its earlier commitment to a two-part theatrical finale, inability to move forward with just one more film, and the fact that deviating from the source material only lost fans and hurt the box. . office income.
all projects cancelled
update (December 2018): so what’s the latest in the divergent series: rising? It shouldn’t come as a surprise since there haven’t been any updates in the last two years, but Lionsgate has now confirmed to Buzzfeed that Allegiant, Part 2 is no longer in development as a TV show or movie. he’s as dead as tris.
Making things more complicated for the studio to continue with a fourth installment, the cast of the Divergent series had contracts that stipulated that all Divergent films had to be released in theaters. Since releasing the series Divergent: Ascendant on TV would cause the agreements to be violated, Lionsgate had to return to the negotiating table. but the actors, sensing a bomb, decided to stay away.
actors who left ‘allegiant, part 2’
Here are the actors who parted ways with the Divergent: Rising series after the studio said they would shoot the TV movie.
- shailene woodley (February 2017): “nope. I’m not going to be on the TV show.”
- theo james (December 2016): “I think it’s a shame we can’t finish the story, but I think it’s evolving in a place where actors who have been in all three movies probably won’t be in whatever evolves in the future.”
- miles teller (Aug 2016) “things change every time they mess with something that wasn’t originally intended . we all signed on hoping it would be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise].”
for her part, veronica roth has said that the situation is out of her hands, and even she does not know what awaits the adaptation of her book series: “I was not part of the decision to divide the last book in two parts, though i was curious to see how the film crew would pull it off. and now things are a bit dicey as lionsgate looks for another avenue for the final installment in the series. i, like you, am waiting to see what come on,” he said.
Related: It’s perfectly fine for Shailene Woodley to leave the final Divergent movie; in fact, she’s smarter for it
In addition to the drama, the final book in the Roth series was not well received by fans. Tris’s death was particularly disturbing to long-time readers. Although talk tends to be cheap, many fans swore they would boycott the final film in retaliation for what Roth did to the main character. Looking at the box office numbers, it seems that the twist and general reaction to the allegiant book also hurt the film adaptation.
In a conference call with fansites in September 2016 (hipable was not on the call), studio publicists told fansite owners that they were “actively looking for networks [to buy the rights], and once decided, that network will choose whether they want to make a TV movie or a TV series to end the series.”
given the aforementioned comments from lionsgate in december 2018, it seems that the conclusion of roth’s divergent series will never see the light of day. loyal, part 2 and the divergent series: it will never rise. it’s a bummer for longtime fans, but it was due to poor studio decisions.
where are the divergent actors now?
Shailene Woodley has been keeping quite busy since Allegiant Part 2 was cancelled. In particular, she starred in Big Little Lies which was hugely popular on HBO. she also continues to act in movies, such as endings, beginnings, which will be released in 2020, and prisoner 760, which will be released in 2021.
theo james hasn’t slowed down either, he continues to act both in film and on television. Notably, he starred in Underworld: Blood Wars in 2016, Sanditon in 2019, and Castlevania from 2018-2020.
ansel elgort, who has worked alongside shailene woodley in other films, starred in the hit movie baby driver in 2017. he also starred in 2019’s the goldfinch, west side story which opens in 2020 and a new tv series tokyo vice which It doesn’t have a release date yet.
miles teller recently starred in the biopic thank you for your service and the tv miniseries too old to die young. fans can also see him in top gun: maverick, which is due out in 2020.