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Akiva Goldsman has come on board to work on the script for Lionsgate’s “Insurgent,” the sequel to its upcoming “Divergent.”

Brian Duffield worked on the initial script for “Insurgent,” set to open March 20, 2015.

Variety reported last month that “Divergent” director Neil Burger will not helm “Insurgent” and no director has been hired yet. Burger is currently in post-production for “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, for a March 21 release.

The March 2015, release date requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also will release the third film, “Allegiant,” a year later on March 18, 2016.

The “Divergent” franchise — released via its Summit brand — is viewed as a key to Lionsgate’s strategy to lead in the young-adult genre. Summit’s five “Twilight” films have topped $3.3 billion in worldwide grosses and Lionsgate’s first two “Hunger Games” have pulled in over $1.4 billion.

In February 2011, Summit closed a deal to acquire film rights to Veronica Roth »

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