Neil Burger Won’t Direct Divergent Sequel

Neil Burger, Jai Courtney and Theo James on the set of Divergent (2014) Movie Image

While Hollywood continues to snatch up YA books and their spunky teenage heroines with “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” bucks dancing in their eyes, getting the rest of the non-book reading public to actually pay to see them on the big screen is the real trick. Ask the people who sunk all their money into “Beautiful Creatures” or “The Mortal Instruments”.

Divergent (2014) Movie PosterThe latest YA book to get the big screen treatment is Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”, and to hear people tell it, it’s got a massive fanbase waiting to devour the film in theaters. Lionsgate is certainly hoping that’s true (woefully lackluster trailer, below, notwithstanding), because they’ve already scheduled the sequel, “Insurgent” for March 20, 2015.

That means a spring 2014 start date, and that’s apparently just too early for director Neil Burger, who directed “Divergent”, set for 2014. The director has bowed out of directing the sequel as a result, and the studio is now on the look-out for a replacement.

Studios wanting sequels faster and faster and directors saying, “Uh, no thanks,” is nothing new. Gary Ross left “The Hunger Games” because of that, and Justin Lin did the same to the “Fast and Furious” franchise as well.

“Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and is set in a dysoptian future that can only be saved by one spunky teenage girl. (Of course.) The third and final book in the series, “Allegiant”, was just released this October.

Here’s the trailer below. Honestly, if you weren’t already a fan of the books, this trailer does almost nothing for you. Let’s hope they cut something better by the time the film hits next year, or theaters around the country will be filled with teenage girls wondering why they’re the only ones watching the movie.

Via : Variety