With superlatives like "the 'Empire Strikes Back' of young adult adaptations" being thrown around for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," do any other YA adaptations stand a chance? Certainly, there have been comers like "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Host," which both flopped, while "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" seems to be getting a sequel mostly because the property rights are there to be exploited. But next year's "Divergent" is certainly aiming high with a campaign worthy of Panem. But as always, it's the fanbase they need to support the movie, but will the welcome the tweaks being made to Veronica Roth's source material?
"...the movie that we’re making is a lot different from the book in a lot of ways. So there seems to be a bridge or gap between the two. It’s hard to associate between the fanbase; everyone is stressing about that but I don’t pay any attention to it. I’m so far removed from that world," star Shailene Woodley told Collider last month. And it's not only the core audience, but moviegoers too who will have to be convinced that this offers some special and unique than just another dystopian teen adventure. Here's the official synopsis:
In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
Thoughts? Let us know below. Co-starring Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz and Ansel Elgort, "Divergent" opens on March 21, 2014.