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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