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The Guy Who Directed 'R.I.P.D.' To Helm 'Divergent' Sequel 'Insurgent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 9:19 AM
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Robert Schwentke Insurgent
Summit are really confident that everyone is going to see their big, juicy YA adaptation "Divergent" next month. Or they're at least hoping that their confidence and premature announcement that a sequel is coming will encourage audiences to a buy a ticket. Either way, they're making plans so that they're prepared when "Divergent" becomes an (inevitable?) hit film. And they are pinning their hopes on the guy who directed "R.I.P.D." to keep the franchise moving.

Watch: Final Full Length Trailer For 'Divergent' Tries To Make The Case For YA Survival

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 4, 2014 11:24 AM
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Divergent
Quick, name a modern YA franchise that has succeeded since the "Twilight" juggernaut stormed into theaters and forced every scared-stiff, looking-over-their-shoulder studio exec to scramble for his/her own would-be moneymaking property? For every 'Hunger Games,' that has triumphed, there has been a "Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," (initially shuttered, but limping back for a sequel), "Beautiful Creatures" (dead on arrival), "The Host" (a laughable worst-of-year dud), "The Seventh Son" (delayed by more than two years) and the Weinstein Company's "Vampire Academy" looks as if it was concocted by Friedberg and Seltzer.

Neil Burger Won't Direct 'Divergent' Sequel 'Insurgent'; Antoine Fuqua To Helm Jesse Owens Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 2:39 PM
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Such is the current cinema culture that a movie can be months away from release and talk and plans will already be underway for a sequel. That goes double for franchise properties, so it's not a shock that Summit Entertainment is already looking beyond their YA series starter "Divergent." Banking on it being a hit, or at least economically successful enough to warrant a followup, and work is already starting on the sequel "Insurgent." But don't expect director Neil Burger to be there.

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