It was last May when Summit announced that Insurgent, the sequel to the upcoming Divergent, already had a writer lined up; and now word has come that along with giving the script a rewrite, the studio has found a director.
Per Deadline, Robert Schwentke, whose credits include the 2010 action comedy Red (which also came from Summit), has been tapped to helm the script currently being rewritten by Akiva Goldsman based on a draft by Brian Duffield.
This past December it was revealed that Divergent director Neil Burger wouldn’t be directing the second film because of post-production on the first movie overlapping pre-production for the sequel, which already has a March 20, 2015 release date.
Divergent, which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet, comes out March 21, 2014, with the third film in the trilogy, Allegiant, scheduled to arrive on March 18, 2016.
Insurgent Book Synopsis
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’ initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
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