If you’re one of the “Divergent” fans eagerly awaiting the fourth and final film in the series, you may end up watching it at home on television.
Variety reports that Lionsgate plans to turn “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” into a TV movie and pilot for a spinoff TV series, instead.
Lionsgate had high hopes for the “Divergent” movie series, set in a future dystopia where people are divided into various factions based on their skills and personalities. The studio planned to adapt the bestselling trilogy of books into four movies, but the third movie, 2016’s “Allegiant,” was the lowest-grossing film of the series. That didn’t bode well for the fourth movie “Ascendant,” scheduled for release in June 2017. That it would face potential blockbusters “World War Z 2” and “The Mummy” reboot didn’t help its prospects.
Variety’s sources contend Lionsgate’s television division is pitching “Ascendant” as a TV movie, which would tie up the loose threads from the movie franchise. It would also serve as a pilot, introducing a new cast of characters to continue in a TV series set in the same universe.
It’s too early to know whether Shailene Woodley, Theo James or any of the other cast members would appear in the TV movie. So far, the project is only in the planning stages, with no pitches made to any traditional or streaming networks.
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