‘What's the Deal?': Jeff Sneider on Sequel ‘Insurgent’ From ‘R.I.P.D.’ Director Robert Schwentke

Judging from reviews of “Winter's Tale,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has lost his magic touch, which could spell doom next year

After back-to-back hit YA franchises in “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate/Summit is hoping lightning will strike a third time for “Divergent,” which is based on the bestselling series of books by Veronica Roth.

On Tuesday night, the studio hired Robert Schwentke (“R.I.P.D.”) to direct the sequel “Insurgent,” which hits theaters in March 2015. While three of Schwentke's four movies have made money, including Summit's own action franchises starter “RED,” his last movie “R.I.P.D.” lost $100 million for Universal and earned a paltry 13% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also read: ‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Insurgent Will Be Directed by Robert Schwentke

In the latest installment of “What's the Deal?” TheWrap's film reporter Jeff Sneider admits he's wary of the heavily-hyped tentpole “Divergent” despite its star-studded cast, and questions the choice of Schwentke to direct the planned sequel, which is currently being rewritten by Akiva Goldsman.

Watch the video to see what has Sneider so riled up.

  • Trey Wilson

    What does an RT rating have to do with anything? That shouldn't be a factor in whether or not a movie is deemed successful. Most critics on RT wouldn't know a good movie if it slapped them in a dark alleyway.

  • ih1120

    What a bunch of crap. I'd recommend watching the movie first before doling out criticisms. Stupid.

  • Sam Hochberg

    Love that you guys don't pander to these studios like so many ass kissing so called insiders do. Comes from a big studio; what are the odds that peter travers or anyone of the other pretenders love it.

    • http://www.fntf.blogspot.com/ Mark Watson

      I watched Mister Roberts on my laptop PC yesterday – it was fascinating, hilarious and very whacked out at sea.