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Lionsgate Follows 'Twilight/Hunger Games' Template by Extending 'Divergent' "Trilogy"

Not only does Lionsgate/Summit commit to an ongoing production--which is the closest the movie companies come to episodic television, allowing fans to invest in the creation of a world over time--and hang on to beloved actors over a series of films, but "Divergent" is now extending the life of its "trilogy."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2014 12:38 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Divergent' Saves the Day, with an Unexpected Assist from 'God's Not Dead'

"Divergent," the latest dystopian female-centered novel adaptation to strive for franchise success, grossed a solid $22.8 million for its first day (including Thursday evening shows). Unlike recent weeks when multiple titles spread the wealth, the film looks to dominate the weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 22, 2014 1:21 PM
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'Divergent' Targets the Olympics

Lionsgate/Summit is targeting the Winter Olympics audience with a 60 second preview Thursday night for new franchise hopeful "Divergent" (March 21). I say hopeful because the materials on this movie do not show how romantic it is--they're targeting men with action.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2014 4:27 PM
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'Insurgent' Director is Robert Schwentke

Robert Schwentke ("Red," "Flight Plan") will take over the directing reins from Neil Burger on "Insurgent," Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s sequel to dystopian romance "Divergent" (March 21), adapted by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor from Veronica Roth’s bestseller series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 1:49 AM
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Third 'Divergent' Movie 'Allegiant' Added to 2016 Summit Schedule Before the First One Opens, Burger Won't Return (VIDEO)

Before the first "Divergent" film has opened (March 21, 2014), Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment has scheduled "Allegiant," the third film adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling "Divergent" trilogy, to open wide on March 18, 2016. "Insurgent," the second film, will come to theaters on March 20, 2015. Summit appears to be waiting to see how the first one fares with critics and audiences before assigning a director to the last two films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 8:58 PM
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Lionsgate In Early Talks to Make Hillary Clinton Biopic 'Rodham' UPDATED

UPDATE: Lionsgate is reportedly in early talks to make the Hillary Clinton biopic "Rodham," with director James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") at the helm.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2013 12:09 PM
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Breaking Down How 'Catching Fire' Became A Record-Breaking Blockbuster

It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But producer Nina Jacobson steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2013 4:23 PM
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Lionsgate Likes 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,' Starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage and Melissa Leo

Lionsgate has snapped up North American rights to Phil Alden Robinson’s comedy-drama “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” starring Robin Williams as a man informed while at the hospital that he only has 90 minutes to live. Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage and Hamish Linklater also star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2013 12:58 PM
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In the Works: 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton in Talks to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Glass Castle'

Destin Cretton, director of this past summer's glowingly reviewed "Short Term 12," is in talks for his next project. He is in early negotiations to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "The Glass Castle," adapted from Jeanette Walls' 2005 bestselling memoir.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 11:57 AM
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Lionsgate Pacts with Odd Lot Entertainment on Multipicture Agreement Including 'Mortdecai,' starring Depp

It all started with "Ender's Game." Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment have formed a multipicture co-producing, co-financing, and distribution agreement, including David Koepp's "Mortdecai," starring Johnny Depp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2013 5:56 PM
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