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.
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.