The Divergent Ascendant cancellation was a total shocker for fans as well as the lead cast including Theo James and Shailene Woodley. Although the cancellation is only for its launch in the big screen, as the last part of the franchise will be made into a TV movie and series.
Lionsgate?s decision to shift into the small screen is probably because the ratings for the third instalment Allegiant stumbled when it was released last spring. It is not even clear if stars Woodley, James and the others will be reprising their roles in the TV series, but Lee Toland Krieger (Age of Adaline) has been tapped to direct the final instalment.
While the cancellation news has been a big shocker for both fans and the cast, this may come as good news for James and his fianc?, Irish actress Ruth Kearney. This is because rumors have been flying about James? closeness with co-star Woodley, and this is possibly the reason why his wedding has been postponed a few times.
According to MovieNewsGuide, sources blame the Divergents co-stars? closeness for the postponement of James and Kearney?s wedding. The news of the franchise?s cancellation may even be good news for Kearney as there have been rumors going around for some time that her fianc? and Woodley have been dating. The postponement of their wedding may also be due to production of the last instalment of the dystopian series but there is no news of filming at the moment.
There are also reports that the couple wants their marriage to be free of ?complications? caused by the Divergent stars? on-screen romance. Although, the rumors about James and Woodley dating were never confirmed, so with the news of the film?s cancellation, James and Kearney?s long overdue wedding might finally push through soon.
As for the last instalment of the franchise, Variety reports that it was originally scheduled to premiere in June 2017 and Lionsgate originally planned to begin production this summer in Atlanta. However, their previous box-office performance might have urged them to rethink their strategy.
Do you think Lionsgate made the right decision to shift in into television for the last instalment of the dystopian series?
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