An "excited" Lionsgate has begun to detail its plans to shift its "Divergent" film franchise to television, first as a TV movie and then as a spinoff series.
Deadline reports that in a Wednesday call with analysts, Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs acknowledged the box office performance of the third film in the series, 2016's "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," made it difficult for the studio to justify the expense of producing the fourth and final installment, "Ascendant," for theatrical release.
That's where the TV division came in, with plans for "resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons.” Lionsgate intends to shop the project next week to a dozen networks.
“This is an example of what we call the virtuous cycle of content bouncing back and forth from TV and film,” Beggs told analysts. “The economic upside on a long-term series franchise is very substantial.”
However, it's unclear which -- if any -- franchise actors might be involved in the TV movie. Star Shailene Woodley revealed two weeks ago that no one at Lionsgate had told her about the television plans, and now Miles Teller is saying the same thing.
“I’ve talked to nobody,” he told Variety. “I found out 20 minutes before Variety printed it.”
“When we all signed on for the first one we had every intention of finishing it theatrically,” Teller continued. “We signed on for x amount of movies and you take that all into consideration. We wanted to see that storyline finish. You know, it’s moving into a different format. So who knows?”