When Shailene Woodley and co reach the final stage of their Divergent journey, they will be doing it without director Robert Schwentke. News arrives via Deadline that he man who has so far handled Insurgent (2014) and The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has decided not to return for the final outing, The Divergent Series: Ascendant.
Schwentke had previously planned to stay on board for the rest of the franchise adapted from Veronica Roth's books. So why the sudden change? There is no official statement as yet, but Deadline has heard that the gruelling demands of the dystopian science fiction films has meant he needs a break.
But with a summer shoot scheduled and a 9 June 2017 release for the new movie already on the books, Lionsgate will now have to find someone quickly to work on that final film.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant, meanwhile, finds Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James) and their ragtag group of friends, enemies and undecideds having won their battle against the machinations of Erudite faction leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet). They have discovered, thanks to Tris' ability to unlock a message, that their shattered, dystopian Chicago is not the final refuge for the human race, but was used as an experiment to develop divergents such as our heroine. As for what she can do to save the wider world is a mystery, but she will learn more from the mysterious Bureau of Genetic Welfare, which includes new franchise face Jeff Daniels (Looper) as David.
With a script that has seen work by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner), Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods And Kings), Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods And Kings) and Stephen Chbosky (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), the film also features Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove).
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit our cinemas on 10 March.