“Divergent Allegiant” is only more than a month away but the recent news of director Robert Schwentke stepping down from production may cause some alarm to fans patiently waiting for the third instalment of the series.
However, there is no need to panic in terms of the status of “Divergent Allegiant”. For now, it is still slated for release this coming March 18 and there is no reason why it should be delayed. Nevertheless, the fourth film in the franchise called “Divergent Ascendant” may be a different story.
Screen Rant reports that German native Schwentke has stepped down from his directorial duties of the fourth film. The director is responsible for leading both “Insurgent” and the upcoming “Allegiant”.
Screen Rant relays that the director’s departure does not involve any outside influence or creative issues; rather, the website details that Schwentke only wanted to rest after being tasked to helm both “Divergent: Insurgent” and “Divergent Allegiant” back-to-back.
The website further discusses that Schwentke maintains a good working relationship with Lionsgate–the studio behind the “Divergent” series.
Also, despite Schwentke stepping down for “Divergent Ascendant”, stars of the franchise including leads Shailene Woodley and Theo James–rumored to be the next James Bond–are set to return for the fourth and final film.
Meanwhile, despite this being a major news, Variety reports that Lionsgate is yet to comment on Schwentke’s departure. The website also details that “Divergent Ascendant” is back to its previous premiere date of June 9, 2017.
Now that Lionsgate will need to look for a another director to take on the fourth film, it remains to be seen whether the studio can make that schedule on time or whether “Divergent Ascendant” will need to be moved to a later date.
For now, fans can look forward to “Divergent Allegiant’ when it hits theatres on March 18, 2016.