‘Ascendant’ TV Show to Continue ‘Divergent’ Franchise

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The Divergent movie series may be over, but the story will be continuing on the small screen.

Starz is developing Ascendant, a television series adaptation that will pick up from where the Summit/Lionsgate franchise left off.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that Adam Cozad, writer of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Legend of Tarzan, will be on board as writer and executive producer. On board to direct and exec produce is Lee Toland Krieger, known for Celeste & Jesse Forever, The Age of Adaline and Riverdale.

Cozad and Krieger were on board to write and direct the Ascendant movie before Lionsgate decided not to move ahead. The movie franchise never managed to find its footing, receiving mixed to poor reviews across the board and shaky box office returns.

Divergent had an okay run, kicking off the franchise with a $US288.9 million draw from a budget of $US85 million; Insurgent performed somewhat similarly, making $US297.2 million from a budget of $US110 million; but it was Allegiant, the first of a planned two-movie finale, that hammered the last nail in the coffin, earning very poor reviews and making just $US179.2 million from an estimated $110 million budget.

No word as yet as to whether any of the films’ cast members, which include Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort, will continue on with the brand. Stay tuned.

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Image credit: Lionsgate