Divergent Franchise: Ascendant to Be Redeveloped as TV Series for Starz

The Divergent film franchise is likely moving forward — albeit in the form of a TV show.

Following last summer’s announcement that the franchise would conclude with Ascendant being redeveloped as made-for-TV movie, it is now being reported that the fourth film will be reworked as an ongoing TV series at Starz.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, a new script has been commissioned, to be written by Adam Cozad (Tarzan), who would serve as an executive producer alongside Lee Toland Krieger (Age of Adaline); the pair was initially on board to write and direct the fourth feature-length film.

When reports first surfaced that Ascendant would be redeveloped as a TV-movie, Lionsgate intended to use the fourth film as a means to launch a standalone TV series that would focus on a new set of characters in the Divergent universe. It is unclear what the focus will be now, seeing as though a TV-movie is no longer in the cards. Also not clear is whether any of the film’s stars, including Shailene Woodley and Theo James, would be willing to reprise their roles. For her part, Woodley initially balked at the idea of appearing in a made-for-TV continuation — but has since nabbed an Emmy nomination for her supporting role on HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Have at it, Divergent fans: If another movie isn’t in the works, would you satisfied with a Ascendant TV show?

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32 Comments
  1. Sam says:

    Holy god just let it die.

    • Joel Maurice says:

      Came here to write this exact thing. What money could possibly be wrung out of this Dead Franchise?

    • jericho says:

      I dont know about “just let it die”. But yeah let the movie series die.

      Don’t “continue” the series without the main 2 actors. It would be fundamentally better for ALL involved to reboot the series as a Series. This worked out well recently for ABC Family…err Freeform’s Shadowhunters another YA book series that failed to launch as a feature. Propper casting, and story/script tweaking and you could see a series that could last 3-5 seasons.

  2. Chris says:

    Unless they back up the brinks truck, the stars of the movie have been pretty vocal about not doing a tv version.

    • Mark says:

      Everybody has a price.

    • Shawn says:

      Their ego’s will come back to bite them in their asses too 🤣. Woodley, James, Teller and Elgort are by no means top notch stars and I’d be glad to see someone else replace Woodly and her crooked eyes with that face that looking like she’s smell’n farts all day.

  3. ndixit says:

    So they are taking the worst book in the series and making a tv show out of it. Sound logic there.

    • Riana says:

      It’s actually half of the book. The first half was already a movie.

      • Kay says:

        So the worst half of the worst book. Awesome idea.

        Unless they’re just loosely taking the world-building and creating a new show based off of it?

        • Rachel says:

          It’s my understanding that they want to use new characters for the series but need the stars from the movies to do the last movie so they can launch the series.

      • Brennan says:

        It’s actually not even half the book. “Allegiant” covered the entire book, they just changed the ending so they could milk one more installment because that was the “thing” to do 5 years ago but they were too late and audiences were sick of it. So this will be 100% new material, was always gonna be.

  4. I liked them and look forward to seeing how the story is resolved.

  5. cb says:

    just let it end. they writers of the movie series seriously messed up the storyline from the books, and the fans no longer care. if they had stayed with the storyline, the movies would have performed better at the box-office. please don’t torture us or hurt us anymore.

  6. Meghan says:

    They really should have just made the last book one movie from the start instead of doing a cash grab and splitting into two films. The original box office never supported the idea that fans would be hungry enough for two movies from the same book like Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter.

  7. T says:

    How can you get this article so wrong. First it was always going to be a tv movie which lead into a spinoff tv series. Second it’s still going to be a tv movie that leads into a spinoff series the only new announcement was that it’s now confirmed to be on stars and that the director and writer are still on to do the tv movie. Also they said they hope to have some of the movie stars come back for the movie part to close out that story but they didn’t confirm anything. Next time you write an article double check other sites before posting since you are giving the wrong info out

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      “Following last summer’s announcement that the franchise would conclude with Ascendant being redeveloped as made-for-TV movie….”

  8. Kyle says:

    The logical thing would be to just reboot it as a TV series and start again. People will forget about the franchise by then and new viewers won’t be interested if it’s a follow on.

  9. Anne says:

    Cool. I’ll definitely check it out and I’m excited about the platform change. The end of the book series does leave a lot of story possibilities. So I’m excited. I hope Shay returns for it, to at least give her character a conclusion, but she wouldn’t need to continue on past that necessarily.

  10. Television says:

    I don’t know. I think they should make a tv show, and I think they should replace the movie actors. The movies were good enough to rework into a tv show and recast with different actors, maybe better actors. I just hope because of the channel it will be on, it won’t be overly done to where I won’t watch it.

  11. TINA ELLIS says:

    Why starz not everyone has starz why not freeform or some other channel people have to pay for

  12. A fan of TV says:

    HBO premium cable limited series with Oscar winners vs. potentially years of top-lining a probable network series that wasn’t successful enough in theatres… It’s not surprising why she wouldn’t want to sign in for the whole thing, really. HBO probably pays better, too. If the series gets her at all, they’ll get her for the premiere episode, and then she’ll die, teeing up the story for those that actually have an interest in telling this as a TV series.

  13. Dawn Newman says:

    Defiantly NOT were disappointed that there is no movie were no watching the tv series especially if Theo James or Woodley are not in it just not fair u should’ve finish the last movie

  14. Josh Bedford says:

    I just feel bad for Veronica Roth that they just mucked up the whole franchise. Should’ve done 3 movies.

  15. Brennan says:

    The trilogy is over, they covered all 3 books from beginning to end. I was never going to watch the fourth movie because it would’ve been 100% new material made up so they could milk more money out of the franchise. All they did was change the ending to Allegiant and tack on a pointless cliffhanger. Bye.

  16. Cold says:

    I read the books and really liked the movies… TV show isn’t the best way to continue and ending, plus it’s showing on a place most of the fans won’t be able to watch. Not a fan at all.

  17. Annie Scott says:

    I do not care to watch ascendant unless Theo James is in it

  18. Susan says:

    I would watch a Divergent TV movie. I would not watch a Divergent TV series. If Starz is just showing a TV series, I am stuck with the incomplete theatrical releases.