The series finale 'Ascendant' is looking to shift the YA franchise to the small screen
Shailene Woodley, the star of the first three Divergent films, is distancing herself from the dystopian franchise’s potential future on the small screen.
In a new interview with Screen Rant, Woodley was asked if she had any updates about whether she would participate in the fourquel Ascendant, which was originally planned as a feature film but recently rejiggered as a TV movie. While she didn’t rule it out completely, she didn’t sound eager to make the transition.
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show,” Woodley said. “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show. Out of respect to the studio and everyone involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”
Based on a trilogy of young-adult novels by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series is set in a post-apocalyptic society where people are divided into factions based on their personality types.
The first two films, 2014’s Divergent and 2015’s Insurgent, were solid box office performers, but this year’s installment, Allegiant, was a critical and commercial flop. That prompted Lionsgate, the studio behind the films, to consider wrapping the Divergent story up with a TV movie, which would also set up a spin-off series.
Representatives for Lionsgate did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.