Scheduling Issues Prevent Neil Burger from Directing Insurgent

Today Summit Entertainment announced that due to scheduling issues, director Neil Burger will not be able to direct Divergent sequel, Insurgent.  See below for the official statement.

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“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent.  We can’t wait for you to see the film.  But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent.  So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roth’s fantastic series.”
–  Summit Entertainment
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19 Divergent Facts from Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth talked to Buzzfeed about the 19 Things You Should Know About The Divergent Series! This is blissfully FREE OF MAJOR ALLEGIANT SPOILERS!

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5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.

At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?

VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.

Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?

VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.

Click here to see the full list!

Divergent Trilogy Box Set Available for Pre-Order

You can now pre-order your very own copy of the Divergent Trilogy box set from Amazon, available the day Allegiant is released–October 22nd!

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Product description from Amazon:

All three books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy are available boxed together for the first time! Perfect for gift givers, collectors, and fans new to the series, the box set includes:

  • A specially designed slipcase
  • Hardcover editions of Divergent, Insurgent, and Divergent #3
  • Bonus booklet! “The World of Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series,” a forty-eight-page booklet including Faction Manifestos, a Faction Quiz and Results, a Q&A with Veronica Roth, playlists, discussion questions, series inspirations, and much more!

Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Timesbestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth’s second #1 New York Timesbestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Divergent #3: The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Timesbestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

 

Veronica Roth talks Badass Heroines with Leigh Bardugo

In a recent conversation moderated by Entertainment Weekly, Veronica Roth chatted with fellow author Leigh Bardugo (Shadow & Bone) about YA Lit, writing, and the importance of sexy, “competent” boys and badass heroines!

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Although they face extraordinary circumstances, Alina and Tris remain relatable as teenage girls — how much of their character makeups are based on your own experiences growing up?

L: Alina is very much an outsider and I certainly felt that way growing up. She really grapples with her desire to belong and find a place in the world, and she makes some bad choices because of it. And… now that I think about it, I was raised by my grandparents in this sort of strange neighborhood where there were pretty much no other kids. Their house was up on a hill and I was left to my own devices a lot of the time. I wonder if some of that sense of isolation crept into the description of Keramzin (the orphanage where Mal and Alina grow up).

V: That sense of isolation is a huge part of why Alina is relatable, I think — how many teenagers, and heck, even adults, feel alone in this world? I certainly did, at that age.

Tris’s experience is very much the opposite of mine. I grew up in a very free environment in which I was always encouraged to follow my natural inclinations, and I grew into a very careful, somewhat neurotic adult, for whatever reason. Tris grew up in a controlled, restrictive environment and ultimately sought freedom above all else. I think that Tris’s arc expresses some of my internal longing to escape my anxious brain. The inside of my head is a little like an Abnegation house sometimes. I don’t think Tris has much to do with my experiences growing up, though she’s certainly informed by some of the things that have formed me as a person.

Both Alina and Tris are strong, brave characters. They’re characters that girls admire. What other heroines found in literature have you admired?

L: I’m so tempted to be like, “Bertha Rochester because she burns it all down!” Most of the female characters I admire come from science fiction and fantasy, maybe because there’s more permission to shake up gender roles in genre. Alanna is a favorite, definitely Hermione. And I really adore Brienne of Tarth. She’s sometimes presented as naive or almost dogmatic in her worldview, but I love her conviction.

V: Hermione! Yes! She is a wonderful character, and I love that JK Rowling made a nerdy book-loving girl into a Gryffindor. It’s funny you should mention Bertha Rochester, Leigh, because one of my other favorites is Jane Eyre. She has some pretty strong convictions, too, and is willing to leave the man she loves in order to stand by them, which I think is amazing. More recently I’ve loved some complicated, “unlikable” characters in particular — Sam from Before I Fall, Ruby from Imaginary Girls.

To read the full interview, go to Entertainment Weekly!

Report: Brian Duffield to Script Divergent Sequel

Deadline is reporting that the plans to  adapt Insurgent into a movie are moving forward with Brian Duffield being tapped to write the script.

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From Deadline:

 Summit Entertainmentis certainly bullish on its adaptation of the Veronica Roth bestselling seriesDivergent. It not only has assigned the film the March 21, 2014 slot that got The Hunger Games off to a flying start, but it has officially gotten underway on the sequel. Summit has just set Brian Duffield to script the sequel,Insurgent, which Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the film via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.

While we don’t know much about Duffield, this move to start working on the sequel while Divergent is still in production is indicative of how much confidence there is behind this franchise.

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Divergent Book 3 Announcement On Monday!

The official Divergent Facebook page recently announced that they have a BIG announcement coming on Monday! They said:

Divergent fans – you are the best. We’re so obsessed with you, we want you to be the first to hear some official big news about Divergent #3. Come back here on Monday to find out what it is. ☺

So, what do you think this big announcement is? Is it the title, cover, synopsis, or maybe even all three?

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Insurgent is a Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012

Barnes and Noble has released their list of the best books released in 2012 and Insurgent is among the top books listed! Insurgent was the #16 best selling book of the year, which is excellent when you consider just how many books were released!

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Congratulations to Veronica Roth and everyone else involved in the publication of the novel! We can’t wait to see what next year brings for the finale of the trilogy!