Lionsgate has some great news for Divergent fans this morning, the studio announced that The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second installment of the franchise based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels, will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX format and released in IMAX 3D theatres domestically on March 20, 2015, and in international territories starting March 18.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) from a screenplay by Mark Bomback, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Duffield and reunites stars Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic), along with series newcomers Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer. The sequel continues the thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Having discovered she is Divergent, Tris Prior (Woodley) must search for allies and answers as a fugitive of the power-hungry Erudite elite. In a race against time, Tris and Four (James) now must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.
“After the success of the first Divergent, along with the global hit phenomena of The Hunger Games and Twilight, Lionsgate and Summit continue to prove that they are at the forefront of adapting novels for the worldwide cinema,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe that The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be an action-packed next chapter for IMAX audiences to experience around the world.”
The IMAX® 3D of The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine [Kate Winslet], the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
The extremely popular novel “Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped The New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in April of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with the book “Insurgent,” which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific The New York Times Best Sellers lists. To date, book sales are over 30 million copies for the series, and both titles are HarperCollins’ best-selling e-books ever. The studio acquired the series rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book “Divergent” was published.