YA Franchises Mortal Instruments and Divergent Already Have Sequels in the Works

Lily Collins in The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (2013) Movie Character PosterThe folks behind the upcoming adaptations of Young Adult novels “Divergent” and “The Mortal Instruments” are so sure their movies are going to launch the “Twilight”-esque franchise they want so badly, they’ve already begun work on sequels. Because, you know, they’re absolutely sure it’s going to happen.

Not really. This is pretty much standard operating procedure nowadays with wannabe movie franchises, but especially for all these YA novels being snatched up by producers to turn into the next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games” or “Harry Potter”.

To that end, “The Mortal Instruments” stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will be heading to Cannes with the film’s producers to try to sell buyers on a sequel to their film. Besides the two stars, the sequel (based on “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes”) will also return director Harald Zwart.

The first movie, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare, is set to open this August 23rd.


Meanwhile, Summit Entertainment is similarly so sure that their own upcoming YA sci-fi movie “Divergent” (starring Shailene Woodley) is going to go over so well with the kids, they’ve already hired “Jane Got a Gun” writer Brian Duffield to start working on the sequel, “Insurgent”.

Like the first movie, “Insurgent” will be based on the novel by Veronica Roth.

Neil Burger directed the first film, which doesn’t open until next year, March 21, 2014. Yes, they’re already hiring a writer to write a sequel to a movie that doesn’t open until next year. Why? Probably because hiring writers in Hollywood is dirt cheap, and leaking the news to a trade like Deadline costs nothing but a few clicks on the keyboard.

Shailene Woodley in Divergent (2014) Movie Image