The Divergent Series: Ascendant is indeed one of the most anticipated films in 2017 by the fans of both the book series and the movie franchise. However, recent reports reveal that instead of hitting the big screens, it is going to premiere on our televisions as a TV movie to be followed by a spin-off series.
Last weekend at the San Diego Comic Con 2016, Lionsgate, the producer of the Divergent series, told their audience that the last installment of the franchise will debut as a TV movie. It is somehow not surprising to see the company downgrading the franchise from cinemas to smaller screens due to its unsuccessful second movie, Allegiant.
When the first movie of the series hit the theaters in 2014, it was expected to be the next big thing to follow movie franchises like Harry Potter and Hunger Games. Lionsgate was even optimistic at that time about the franchise and its succeeding films. But when the second installment premiered, it was not well-received by the fans and in fact, did not meet the expectation from both the critics and the viewers.
Not only that, several outlets noted that Allegiant was the second biggest failure of Lionsgate after Gods of Egypt. The failure even caused the original director of the movie franchise, Robert Schwentke, to leave and was replaced by Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline). Now, as a result, Lionsgate is deciding to make The Divergent Series: Ascendant a TV movie.
The reason why Lionsgate has made such a decision is clear – to save the franchise and help cut the company?s losses. However, what appears to be the problem is the actors to play the roles in the TV movie and the spin-off series following it. Maybe for the movie, the company could still hire stars like Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller. But in the TV series, do not expect them to be present because all of them have a really busy schedule.
As of now, there is still no information as to who will take the roles that the movies stars will be vacating. It is also not clear whether or not any of the original cast have been approached for the TV show. ?They haven?t come to us to discuss deals. But if they think they can skimp on actors? options, they can think again,? said a representative of one of the stars.
If ever Lionsgate would try to ask the original cast to reprise their roles, it would demand a renegotiation of the contracts and actors might even ask for bigger salaries to appear on TV. Also, the company should now approach a television network to carry the show.
With the big move happening on The Divergent Series: Ascendant, its release date became uncertain. The movie was originally scheduled to hit the big screens in June 2017, but after the huge announcement, it is not clear when the TV movie will hit the small screens. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.