Lionsgate has announced that rather than opening in theaters, the Divergent series will go straight to television. Although it was announced in 2014 that the last book would be divided into two separate feature films, it will now be concluded with a made for television movie and a spinoff stand-alone television series.
This decision was made after the arguably failed release of the Allegiant film. While the first two Divergent movies were box-office successes, the most recent film did not fair nearly as well, earning just $66 million in the U.S.
The anticipated release for the fourth film in the series was June 2017. The studio was set to begin filming in Atlanta this summer. Had Lionsgate stayed the course with this plan, the finale would be premiering alongside anticipated films such as World War Z 2 and the coming remake of The Mummy. Low box office numbers for Allegiant likely had an impact on the decision to bypass a theatrical release.
There is no word yet as to whether or not stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Theo James will continue to play their previous roles in the television movie or series. Lee Toland Krieger, of Age of Adeline, is expected to direct the coming film. The Divergent movie series is based off of the best selling books series written by Veronica Roth.