The Divergent Series’ Ascendant is skipping movie theaters for TV, spinoff series; Director Neil Burger shares his opinion

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It seems fans won’t be seeing the final Divergent: Ascendant on the silver screen anymore as Lionsgate is planning to move the last installment of the dystopian young adult franchise as a TV project.

The fourth Divergent movie was initially slated for a June 9, 2017 theatrical release but after the franchise’s third installment sub-par performance at the box office, the studio began to rethink its strategy for the fourth film.

The Divergent franchise is based on Veronica Roth’s book series and its last installment – Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer and Jeff Daniels –  is a financial disappointment, grossing only $179 million worldwide, and becoming the lowest-grossing Divergent film.

The cast and crew have already aired their disappointment about the news and director Neil Burger recently voiced out his frustration via an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Burger, who directed the first Divergent franchise, reacted to the news that the series will be wrapped up with a television show and a possible spinoff series instead of the big screen.

“I think it’s sad,” Burger said. “I don’t think they feel like they should’ve split [the last book] into two [films]. If they hadn’t, they would’ve been in much better shape, but at the time I’m sure they were excited and they saw some potential there.”

The Divergent book series was originally a trilogy but the studio had made a decision to split the final book into two movies, just like Twilight, Harry Potter and the Hunger Games franchises. The only problem was that the last Divergent film was a financial and critical failure.

With the franchise’s status currently in limbo, it has left current Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller unsure of their future involvement in the television transition.

However, Burger still believes that the Ascendant TV project can be a success over time by saying, “people show up if the project is good.”

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