Divergent author Veronica Roth speaks out about Lionsgate’s recent decision not to release Ascendant AKA Allegiant Part 2 in movie theaters.
In July we learned the studio moved the final movie in the Divergent series to their television department, and plans to use the “film” to launch a spinoff Divergent TV series. Fans were understandably shocked by this decision — Lionsgate is effectively ending the movie series one story early. It’s a big F-you to fans, especially after they had to endure severe departures from the original source material in the later movies.
Since then we haven’t heard many updates. One ongoing issue is the involvement of the original cast members. Will they or won’t they return for the TV series? Right now they’re hesitant at best.
On Tumblr this morning, months after we first learned the news, Roth took a diplomatic approach to the situation:
I was not a part of the decision to split the last book into two parts, though I was curious to see how the movie team would accomplish it. And now the situation is a little uncertain as Lionsgate pursues another avenue for the final installment of the series. I, like you, am waiting to see what happens. As I’ve said in the past — and as Ally Carter notes in her excellent blog post on the subject — it’s uncommon for an author to have any creative control over the adaptations of his or her work. So while Lionsgate has certainly listened to my feedback, at the end of the day, they do what they think is best. I hope that whatever happens is right for the story and the characters, and I will certainly share whatever news I can moving forward.
Thank you for your continued excitement about the books/movies. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me on a new adventure with my next book, Carve the Mark. There should be some exciting news about CtM popping up soon!
While this is a safe and professional response, Roth was a little more open about her feelings with this subtweet in August:
— Veronica Roth (@VeronicaRoth) August 4, 2016
Carve the Mark is the author’s next book. It’s a duology, with the first book hitting store shelves on January 17, 2017. Will she let a movie studio adapt it? After what happened with Divergent, we’d be surprised if she said yes.