The “Divergent” franchise started off with a mid-size bang and now looks to be going out on a whimper as the fourth and final film of the novel trilogy is said to be happening as a TV movie and spin-off series rather than a big screen release.
The actors involved in the films have previously expressed their disappointment with Lionsgate regarding that decision, now the first film’s director Neil Burger has offered his assessment to Heat Vision and it’s equally let down:
“I think it’s sad. I was just talking to the people at Lionsgate about something else recently, and it’s just that they got themselves into a difficult bind through various circumstances… I don’t think they feel like they should’ve split [the last book] into two [films]. If they hadn’t, they would’ve been in much better shape, but at the time I’m sure they were excited and they saw some potential there. It’s just too bad because I love all those actors, and they were very loyal to it. They’re still really trying to figure out what they’re gonna do with it.”
The third film, “Allegiant,” earned just $66 million domestically. Though there’s talk of the TV series, it has yet to be formally announced at this point though stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have previously said they would return for a fourth film if it gets a theatrical release.