Get more details on why The Divergent Series: Allegiant is ending with TV Movie…
Following a weak performance for The Divergent Series: Allegiant this spring, Lionsgate has opted to skip theaters for the planned finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Instead, the dystopian YA saga will conclude with a TV movie that will then launch a standalone spinoff TV series.
The news that The Divergent Series: Ascendant will end with a TV movie has been revealed, but notes that negotiations are still in the early stages. The idea is for the TV movie to wrap up the current storylines involving characters from the first three films. The spin-off series will be set in the same universe, but focus on a new cast. The TV projects do not have a network home yet. It is currently unclear whether the stars of the film series, including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Zoe Kravitz, will return for the Ascendant TV movie.
Allegiant couldn’t even come close to matching the box office totals of its predecessors. Its domestic gross was about half that of the previous film, Insurgent.
Making matters even more complicated, director Robert Schwentke dropped out of Ascendant before filming began. Lee Toland Krieger was eventually tapped to replace him but we don’t know if he’ll remain involved with the project in any capacity now that it’s headed to the small screen. Ascendant had been set for a summer 2017 release, where it would have gone toe-to-toe with World War Z and The Mummy, and shooting had been scheduled to begin this summer in Atlanta.
It makes sense that Lionsgate would want to tie up the current arc, even if it’s with a TV movie instead of a theatrical feature, but a Divergent TV spinoff could be a tougher sell. If audiences don’t care enough about this franchise to turn out for the movie.
Where would you rather see the final movie? On TV or at the theater? We vote the Theater. TV is going to suck big balls!