Lionsgate is producing both “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” Many fans have had their worries about the two franchises being under the same roof, and apparently, so has Wall Street! According to Deadline New York, early last week Lionsgate Executives sat down with Wall Street analysts to discuss a projected, potential profit for the company with the upcoming movie version of “Divergent.” This is a very important step in the process of making sure that “Divergent” is successful at the box office.
Deadline reported that the CEO of Lionsgate connected the success of THG to Divergent by saying, “Divergent’s book sales ‘are approaching the 3M mark and continue to compare favorably to The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises at a similar point in their trajectory.” Acknowleding the concerns outsiders have of Divergent being just another Hunger Games, Lionsgate execs went to work quickly to put fans, and investors’ fears to rest.
Check out this excerpt from the report on Deadline:
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman says he recognizes key differences in the stories, and their fan bases. In Divergent “the society is different,” he says. Hunger Games “is about the society that’s striving for survival” while Divergent “is about the way a society is surviving with distinct personalities and how those personalities interweave with each other.”
It’s nice to see Lionsgate acknowledge that Divergent focuses on personalities and character development and interaction! What do you think, are you still concerned? If you have any concerns, share them with us in the comments!