Lionsgate is bringing back The Divergent Series: Insurgent director Robert Schwentke to take the helm on the next installment of the lucrative Divergent franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1. It isn't clear yet if he will also come back to direct the finale, The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2. The filmmaker is currently in post-production on The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is set for release on March 20, 2015, after principal photography wrapped this September in Atlanta.
Robert Schwentke took over the directing duties on The Divergent Series: Insurgent back in February, after Divergent director Neil Burger backed out due to a compressed production schedule. The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1 is currently scheduled for release on March 18, 2016, with the final installment, The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 2, opening on March 2, 2017. It isn't known when shooting will begin on The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1.
Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner, The Secret Life of Houdini) wrote the adapted screenplay for The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Part 1, based on the hit Veronica Roth novel. The sequel will bring back Shailene Woodley (Tris Prior), Theo James (Four), Naomi Watts (Evelyn), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina) and Octavia Spencer (Johanna). Robert Schwentke's other directing credits include R.I.P.D., Red, The Time Traveler's Wife and Flightplan.