Divergent hasn’t taken over the box-office yet, but Summit Entertainment is already filling in the important chairs for the sequel. The studio has chosen Robert Schwentk, who worked with the studio before on the comedy ‘Red’ as the follow-up film’s director.
Expectations are high for the franchise, which is based on the popular YA series penned by Veronica Roth.
The reason for the director swap isn’t personal or professional differences, it’s just a matter of time. Summit announced that Neil Burger, who was the director for Divergent, simply couldn’t direct the sequel if they were to meet the launch date that the studio initially planned. This was because Burger will still be overseeing postproduction on Divergent when the new film would start production on its own.
The first film is expected to dominate the box-office when it is released next month. The film stars stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet and it is set to premiere on March 21. The film takes place in the future, where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.