The Divergent film series had everything going for it. For many book fans, it was the go-to series after they were done reading The Hunger Games trilogy, and with that in mind, Lionsgate had every right to expect the films would have a similar success. Whatâ€™s more, it had a talented cast behind it: up-and-comers like Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller along with veterans like Kate Winslet.
The first film even had a promising smart, taking in $288 million on its $85 million budget. It wasnâ€™t making huge money, but given the right take on the sequel, it had the potential to take in a lot more on the second go-around. Unfortunately, that didnâ€™t quite happen. Yes, The Divergent Series: Insurgent took in $297 million worldwide â€” roughly $9 million more than its predecessor â€” but that was on a $110 million budget, which was $25 million higher than the first film. It was by no means a flop, but the numbers were nothing to write home about, and seemed to flag an increasing indifference towards the YA dystopian future genre.
The red flags really started to go off with the third film, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which opened with a disappointing $29 million, and ultimately went on to make only $179 million. All of a sudden, this franchise wasnâ€™t even covering the bills it took to produce and promote it.
This gave rise to a report from Variety earlier this year that purported that Lionsgate was skipping the final film altogether, opting instead to create a TV movie and a spinoff series â€” one that presumably would not star the original cast.
So whatâ€™s the deal? Is this movie even happening? Is the original cast interested in reprising their roles if they decide to continue on with the actual theatrically-released movies?
Speaking with Today, Divergent star Shailene Woodley expressed her interest in returning for the fourth and final film:
â€œWell, I mean, if itâ€™s a movie. [laughs] They havenâ€™t finalized any decisions, so itâ€™s actually a moot point to talk about it now, out of respect to Lionsgate and everyone involved. Iâ€™m not exactly sure where they stand so we are kind of all in a limbo game.
â€œI signed up to tell the whole story of Tris, and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me happier.â€
So, as far as Woodley knows, no final decision has been made regarding the direction of the franchise, and so long as they continue on to complete the story in theaters, it sounds like Woodley is game to star for one last time.
What do you think? Do you simply not care about The Divergent Series? Would you rather they axe it altogether, or would you rather they take either the TV or film route? Let us know down below!
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