Following the exit of Robert Schwentke after helming “Divergent Ascendant,” Lionsgate tapped “Age of Adeline” director Lee Toland Krieger to take the helm in directing the fourth and final Divergent film “Ascendant.”
Variety reports that production for the final film is still on track to start this spring to meet next year’s June 9 release date. The studio moved fast to replace Schwentke to keep “Ascendant’s” current release date.
A report from The Hollywood Reporter says that Schwentke insiders say he exited “Ascendant” because he needed a break after doing the two films back to back and wanted to spend more time with his family in Los Angeles rather than go back to Atlanta.
Production on the fourth and final “Divergent” film is scheduled to start in Atlanta in the summer.
The third film in the Shailene Woodley franchise, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is scheduled to open on March 18. The first two films — “Divergent” and “Insurgent” — have grossed more than $586 million worldwide.
The first “Divergent” movie is helmed by Neil Burger before Schwentke took over to direct the next two films back to back.
The “Divergent” series stars Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James and Naomi Watts, with Red Wagon Entertainment’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher as the producers.
Moreover, Krieger wrote and directed “The Vicious Kind,” which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This project earned him numerous accolades including the emerging filmmaker award at the Denver Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the best screenplay. He then directed “Celeste and Jesse Forever” which starred Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones.
He most recently helmed “Age of Adaline,” starring Blake Lively. Krieger just shot the pilot “Beyond” for ABC Family, which has been picked up to series, and is currently filming the Greg Berlanti pilot “Riverdale” for the CW.