Divergent Director Neil Burger Will Not Return for Sequel Insurgent
Divergent director Neil Burger will not be returning to helm the second part of Lionsgate's upcoming sci-fi adventure entitled Insurgent. In addition to the two films, Summit is planning a third project called Allegiant on March 18, 2016. The story is based on Veronica Roth's young-adult novels.
Divergent is set in a future, where America is divided into five ideological factions. In order to keep the society stabilized and ensure peace, every citizen of the country must side with a faction permanently at the age of 16. The story centers on Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), who joins a more aggressive faction that leaves her struggling to survive after her initiation. She must go on a journey to find her true strengths and risks everything in order to uncover a conspiracy that would redefine the balance of power forever.
The young-adult franchise is being setup to lead in the genre and follow the success of the Twilight and The Hunger Games films. The first bringing in over $3 billion worldwide with the latter pulling in over a $1 billion. Neil Burger is currently in post-production on Divergent. The studio is currently searching for a replacement.