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Summit Entertainment is moving steadily forward with their book-to-film adaptation of Divergent, the first young adult book in the trilogy by Veronica Roth. They are narrowing in a director to helm the project.

Neil Burger (Limitless) is in “early talks” with the studio and he currently ranks high on their list of contenders, reports Variety. The film is scheduled to start filming in March with a planned release of early 2014.

As most of our readers know, the book is a great read and has seen huge success in the publishing world. To date, 1.3 million copies have been sold and that number will naturally continue to climb as word about the film project spreads.

Summit also owns the rights to the sequel Insurgent. The third and final book in the trilogy does not yet have a release date.

The studio purchased the rights to the books before the first book Divergent had even been released.

We had learned in June that filming for Divergent was set to begin later this year, but that start time has been pushed back. Our Books Editor calls Divergent one of the most anticipated upcoming book-to-film adaptations.

  • akacj7

    i just discovered this series and have been wondering when/ assuming that there would be a film adaptation of it. sounds like it’s still a slow burn project, but that’s ok since the 3rd book isn’t even out yet. 

    and seriously ya’ll, if by any chance you clicked on this post and read this comment, this series is legit. same league as hunger games, but better writing, IMHO. the author has created a really fascinating world.

  • zmartinez95

    AHHHH i read the first book and loved it then had to wait months for the second one and it was just as good even better than the first. this series soo good and i happen to think its way better than the hunger games so to hear that its going to be a movie is just freaing awesome! but now i have to wait like a year for the last book and more for the movie :( oh well!!! :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    According to me, I think these books should be a television series not a movie because there is just so much plot in this series that it will be hard to cover everything and develop the characters. P.s I liked Divergent, it was good but definitely not better than Hunger Games. But Insurgent was really bad, the worst sequel ever! I couldn’t stand that book!

    • PotionWillow207

      Are you serious? How would it be hard to cover: girl defies family, girl falls in love with instructor, girl loses lover, girl defies government, girl saves lover. The end. Harry Potter was WAY more complicated than Divergence and WB managed to make that into a 2-ish hour movie, Lionsgate managed Hunger Games and Summit managed Twilight. So unless you think Summit has somehow completely lost their film-making abilities they are more than able to adapt Divergence.

      Of course, I think Divergence is pretty much literary fodder anyway. It’s like the author took the sample of a story out of How to Write YA Fiction for Dummies and plugged their own names into it.

      • Guest

         I thought it was very good. There was more to it than just thinking “girl defies family….”. You can do that with any book, such as the hunger games.

        “girl picked for competition, girl trains, girl fights in competition, Boy reveals love for girl, Girl wins competition, Girl in deep doo-doo. THE END”  Of course, there’s more to it.

    • Ceci

       The plot is not that elaborate. 50% of the story is the training and initiation steps. It really won’t be hard to write a true-to-the-story script. In fact, it’ll probably be better than the book, better paced I hope. The plot was dragging on in the book, in my opinion.

  • DreamNox58

    I have never read these books but my elementry art teacher said I should def check it out.  Her words is usually pretty good, so check it out I will.  I’m also 24 years old now but she’s still my favorite teacher,lol.

  • PotionWillow207

    I don’t know how this will do well unless they drastically change the story. I found the book to be extremely predictable and boring. The dialogue was weak, the characters underdeveloped. I knew exactly what was going to happen before I was halfway through the first chapter. I have been an avid reader for 30 years and this is only the second book that I’ve said I will NEVER read again.

    The only way to make the movie remotely interesting will be if they fill it with explosions and good CG. Or get a screenwriter who can actually develop a good plot and decent characters out of this waste of time and money.

    • Ceci

       I agree. I think the general plot (the way their current political system is not working) was dragging on during the book, and a lot of elements were predictable. I was slightly disappointed, because I thought it had a lot of potential. That said, I think the movie will do it justice in terms of main plot lines. I hope they’ll make it more relevant from a social point of view, though.

  • Guest

    I guess Divergent is one of those books where you either love it or hate it. Personally, i can’t wait for Detergent to come out.

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