To hear the filmmakers/producers of “Divergent” tell it, their upcoming sci-fi movie based on the Veronica Roth YA series of books is so popular, they’re already starting work on a sequel. That’s kind of like saying “Hollywood loves making money”. In today’s Hollywood, you announce “work” on a sequel even before the first film opens. It’s just what everyone does. Heck, if you’re really ambitious, you’ll announce work on a whole new trilogy before the first film even opens.
Frankly, I’ve stopped trying to read the tea leaves of these YA books-to-movies franchises. I have no idea why “Twilight” was such a hit, but similar fare like “The Mortal Instruments” and “Beautiful Creatures” are thuds. Likewise, I have no idea if Neil Burger’s “Divergent” will suffer the same fate of “The Mortal Instruments”, or prove to be a hit like “The Hunger Games”. I know what the producers are hoping for, of course.
In any case, enough rambling. Here are two new posters for “Divergent”, featuring stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Yes, I’m very proud of myself. I just typed Shailene Woodley’s name without having to look it up. Yay for me!
Woodley stars in “Divergent” as a teenager who seeks to break free from her homogeneous society that divides people based on human traits. She leaves her faction and joins a rival group, where she falls for an older man.
Hoping for a sequel next year, March 21, 2014.
Also, here are two behind-the-scenes featurettes for the movie: