Instead of finishing the series with a television movie, as originally reported, the series will reportedly conclude with a television series titled Divergent: Ascendant on the Lionsgate-owned Starz network. According to the report, the project is still in the early stages; however, it looks set to retain director Lee Toland Krieger and writer Adam Cozad, both of whom were originally attached to the project when it was a film.
Divergent: Ascendant would serve as the conclusion to The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which was based on the final book in author Veronica Roth's best-selling trilogy. Allegiant was originally meant to be the first film in two parts.
The Divergent franchise was eyed as a Hunger Games substitute for Summit Entertainment, which also successfully launched the Twilight franchise. The studio won the rights long before they became a division of Lionsgate. Unfortunately, the films -- which were highly panned by critics -- never managed to catch fire like the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, with the first film only securing $288 million worldwide upon release. In comparison, Twilight earned $393 million worldwide, while The Hunger Games earned $694 million worldwide.
At the time of writing, it is unknown whether the original cast from the films -- including Shailene Woodley and Theo James -- will return to reprise their roles, with Woodley having been very vocal in the past concerning her reluctance to finish the series on the small screen. The project does not yet have a release date.