Following the news the other day that the two sequels to the upcoming “Divergent” are targeting an annual release, Summit Entertainment has finally explained why “Divergent” director Neil Burger will NOT be back for the follow-up “Insurgent”. In a statement the studio says:
“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We can’t wait for you to see the film.
But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent.
So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”
Burger is currently in the midst of post-production on “Divergent” which Lionsgate is slated to open March 21st. “Insurgent” is currently targeting a single film for March 20th 2015.