Limitless’s Neil Burger to Direct Divergent Instead of Chasing Drake’s Fortune

Neil Burger on the set of The Lucky Ones (2008) Movie ImageNeil Burger is a wanted man. After helming the surprise hit “Limitless”, the director has been attached to a couple of films in 2011 (the live-action adaptation of the videogame “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” and another version of “Bonnie and Clyde”), but has now set his sights on “Divergent”, a dystopian tale based on a young adult trilogy of books by author Veronica Roth.

The very “Hunger Games”-esque “Divergent” is the first of three books (of course), about 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, who apparently lives in a dystopian world where society has been divided into five factions “that each represent a particular virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence.” I have no idea how that’s represented in the book, but if it’s anything like Collins’ “Hunger Games”, I suspect all that details stuff are scant and it’s all about the girl’s emotions and what have you.

Burger is currently only in “early talks” to direct the first movie for Summit Entertainment. The studio is looking high and low for a replacement now that their mega successful “The Twilight Saga”, also based on a young adult book series, is closing up shop with this year’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”. Wow. There were times when I thought the “Twilight” movies would never go away. Joy.

There are only two books in the series so far, “Divergent” and its sequel, “Insurgent”, with the third and final book due out in Fall 2013. Apparently besides being popular with the kids (who knew teenage girls love depressing dystopian tales so much?) the “Divergent” books are also notable in that their author is the 24-year old Roth. What were YOU doing when you were 24?

Summit is hot to wrap up a director, with plans to start shooting as soon as March of next year for an early 2014 release date. I guess they’re really anxious to fill that “Twilight” void.

Divergent Book Cover

Via : Variety