The Divergent film series is showing a pulse again. The Lionsgate-owned TV network Starz is working on the fourth movie, Ascendant, with the film’s planned director in tow.
Deadline reports that Starz is developing a “drama TV series” based on Ascendant — whatever that means. Presumably it’ll involve the script that Lionsgate had for the fourth movie before the studio decided to move it out of their film division. The rumor mill previously suggested that the fourth and “final” movie would serve as a backdoor pilot for a TV series.
Since Deadline is describing this as an “Ascendant drama TV series,” presumably that film/back door pilot plan is still in place. At the moment no other details are available.
Interestingly, the new Ascendant show/movie/whatever will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger, who was attached to the theatrical release of the film before it was canceled. It’ll be written by Adam Cozad (screenwriter of Tarzan and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit).
Deadline says it’s “unclear” whether film series stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James will be attached to the TV project, but if you were to go off what the actors have had to say about hanging around for a TV movie… well.. you have to assume the roles will be recast.
The Divergent series experienced declining box office numbers as each film came out, so Lionsgate decided they wouldn’t risk shooting an expensive fourth installment for theaters.
One of their biggest mistakes was deciding to split the final book into two movies. If it hadn’t been canceled, Allegiant, Part 2 (AKA Ascendant) was to be in theaters this past April.