Summit has very high hopes for the Divergent series. The first film in the trilogy hasn’t hit theaters yet, but already the studio is avidly working on the sequel Insurgent. The latest update is that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who won the Oscar for A Beautiful Mind in 2002, has been hired to polish the Insurgent script, which was originally written by Brian Duffield (Jane Got A Gun).
There’s no director attached at the moment, but Summit has already began looking for a replacement for Divergent director Neil Burger, who decided not to return. The main cast, including star Shailene Woodley and Theo James, are expected to return.
Written by Veronica Roth, Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago which is divided into five factions. Each citizen must pledge to one of the groups when he or she comes of age. At the center of the all this chaos is young Tris (Woodley), who must decide whether to remain with the kindly Abnegation faction she grew up in, or join with one of the others.
Divergent is set to hit theaters on March 21, 2014. Shooting for Insurgent will begin right away this spring, and there’s already a release date in place: March 20, 2015. If all goes well, Insurgent will be followed by Allegiant, which has a March 18, 2016 release date.
Goldman has a number of titles under his belt, including Lost In Space, I, Robot, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code. This year he’s making his directing debut with a fantasy adaptation of Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay.
What do you think? Is Goldsman a good choice?