Final Film of ‘Divergent’ Series Will Go Straight to TV

Slightly diverging here. The fourth and final movie of the Divergent series, which stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort, will skip theaters and go straight to TV, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Divergent Series.
Theo James ("Four") and Shailene Woodley star in The Divergent Series. Lionsgate Home Entertainment

The first two Divergent films were a massive success, but the third installment Allegiant, flopped at the box office, earning just $66 million in the U.S. Although they are based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling trilogy, it was announced in 2014 that the last book would be split into two separate films, a la Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games.

The last movie, Ascendant, was originally scheduled to hit theaters in June 2017, but the film studio, Lionsgate, decided to reevaluate its options. The release date would have put it up against summer blockbusters like World War Z 2 and The Mummy reboot, Variety reports.

Now, Lionsgate is expected to end the series with a TV movie that would then lead into a TV series in the futuristic dystopian Chicago, Variety says. The concept for the end of the movie series is to bring back the current cast and introduce new characters who will continue their roles on the TV show.

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Theo James ("Four," left), Miles Teller ("Peter," center) and Shailene Woodley ("Tris," right) star in 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent.'. James Cooper

Variety reports that negotiations are still in the early stages and no deals have been finalized. However, filming, which was initially set to begin this summer in Atlanta, has been pushed back. There’s no word yet on whether Woodley and her costars will return for the Ascendant TV movie, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, some actors are expected to opt out.

The popular series focuses on a post-apocalyptic society, where people are sorted into five factions based on their personal traits and what’s important to them. Woodley’s Beatrice Prior joins the fearless Dauntless faction, where she starts to fall for one of her instructors named Four. 

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