The star of the faltering “Divergent” film franchise probably won’t appear in Lionsgate’s planned television series.
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show,” Shailene Woodley told Screen Rant. “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show. Out of respect to the studio and everyone involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”
Based on the young-adult book trilogy, Lionsgate’s “Divergent” movies started off well enough, with the 2014 first installment earning nearly $289 million worldwide, followed in 2015 with “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” which brought in $297 million. But this year’s “Allegiant,” the first part of the planned finale, grossed just $179 million globally.
Although Lionsgate initially intended to release the final chapter, “The Divergent Series: Ascendent” theatrically in 2017, news surfaced in July that the studio had scrapped those plans and instead wants to complete the story with a TV movie or a television series, which would then expand into additional seasons.
Woodley was taken by surprise in July at Comic-Con International when asked about the development, saying, “Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!’” Her co-star Miles Teller was also left in the dark by Lionsgate, saying, “I’ve talked to nobody.”
The studio had intended to shop the project to a dozen networks last month.
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