Do you still remember the Divergent series?
The Divergent trilogy is a successful young adult book series written by author Veronica Roth, which tells the story of a dystopian world separated by five distinct social factions: Dauntless, Amity, Abnegation, Erudite, and Candor. The series was made into four movies; the third book split into two films — the issue is that three years after the release of the third film, the fourth has yet to make its theater debut.
So, what happened?
Allegiant (part 1) hit theater’s March 14th, 2016. The expected release date for the final installment, re-titled Ascendant, was March 24, 2017.
With a popular series such as this, it’s no wonder the decision was made to split the final installment into two films in order to increase profits. However, the choice to make the movie into two entirely separate film productions instead of one long movie shoot created cost issues. Additionally, domestically, Divergent brought in $150 million, Insurgent 130 million, and Allegiant $66 million; the numbers significantly falling from the first film to the third. It’s clear that fans feelings toward the franchise changed as the film plot began to differ from the book.
The film was eventually pulled from theater production on the premise of becoming a TV movie. In essence, this was a great alternative, allowing for both production profit and would have given devoted fans closure. It also offered an open path to a TV spin-off.
This obviously didn’t happen. But, could it still?
With many of the main characters of the franchise, such as Shailene Woodley, and Theo James (the main stars!) not signing on to a TV series, it seems unlikely that anything new will come of the franchise.
Adding to this is the fact that it’s just been too long. The fans who were avidly waiting for the release of this final installment, myself included, have moved on. That’s not to say we wouldn’t be intrigued by the prospect of some conclusion to the franchise, but the fact is the series has taken too long to conclude, and those that were invested are no longer interested in waiting.
In other words: fan loyalty has been lost.
There is speculation that YA dystopian stories are just not as popular anymore. I don’t believe that to be true. I think if the final franchise had been released promptly on the expected date, things would have gone much differently.
Another consideration is the way viewers tend to watch films has changed. The general audience these films are geared toward tend to watch movies via streaming services. Had the movie been released on a platform such as Hulu or Netflix, where fans can instantly stream, the popularity may have increased, perhaps truly opening a way into a series reboot of sorts.
Either way, the hope fans once held for any sort of conclusion to the series is virtually gone. The series hasn’t officially concluded, but the chances of that happening, at this point, are slim. You never know what may happen in the future, but as far as hope goes, it’s been lost on this franchise.
Also, on a completely different note: in some ways it feels like we are the final spinoff. Didn’t see that coming, did you?
What are your thoughts?
Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.