23 August 2012 1:59 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I know, I know, it’s only been five months since Gary RossThe Hunger Games hit theaters, but I’m just itching for another trilogy-starting young-adult adaptation — and, hey, thanks to Variety, it looks like we may be getting one soon enough. The report breaks the news that Neil Burger, who last directed Limitless to commercial (and modest critical) success, is now in negotiations to direct Divergent, an adaption of Veronica Roth‘s debut novel, for Summit Entertainment.

Apparently, Burger “edged out several high-profile filmmakers” for the job, so it’s reasonable to assume, with that in mind, that Burger will take advantage of the opportunity and secure a deal. After all, considering the monstrous success of The Hunger Games — not to mention Summit’s own Twilight franchise, which will be concluding itself this year — it’s unlikely that this would end up a wrong step, money-wise, for the American writer-director. »

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