Another would-be YA movie franchise takes its shot at the brass ring when Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent” opens next year. The people footing the bill for the Neil Burger film certainly hopes their opening weekend is better than fellow would-be YA movie franchise “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. The producers of that movie were so excited for their film that they went and announced a start-date for the sequel even before the first movie opened. That was, of course, before the movie opened in third place with $9 million over the weekend. Yikes.
“Divergent” looks more “Hunger Games”-ish, though you won’t be surprised to learn that it’s yet another dystopian fantasy about a spunky, highly intelligent teenage girl who bucks societal pressure cause dammit, she’s spunky like that! I’m not sure if our lass has two hunky hunks pining for her, as that seems to be what every teenage girl demands of their YA book series. Nevertheless, I’ll give Neil Burger and company this — the first teaser trailer for “Divergent” looks decent. Or at least, it doesn’t make me want to run and hide under my bed.
But don’t take my word for it — feel free to judge for yourself. Is it divergent enough for ya?
Set in a futuristic dystopia, a teenager 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.
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Tony Goldwyn, Zoë Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Christian Madsen, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.
Diverging next year March 21, 2014.