If you’ve been scrambling around online to see all the news about the upcoming Divergent movie, you’re not alone.
The coverage of Divergent has definitely been scattered. This is typical for most movies as studios slowly leak information to keep audiences on the edge of their seats even before the film comes out. But it’s also a pain for fans of the original book who don’t always have time to browse through every single mention of the movie on an entertainment website.
So here I’ve compiled some information and links about the upcoming Divergent film for your ease of reading and so you can get caught up on what you may have been missing (you can thank me with some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream)!
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- Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless)
- Produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick
- Screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (Alias, Game of Thrones)
- Filmed in Chicago (still in progress)
- Author Veronica Roth was able to visit the Divergent set to watch the knife-throwing scene being filmed (http://collider.com/veronica-roth-divergent-movie-interview/).
- Some more information and behind-the-scenes photos from extras can be found on sites like divergentfans.com and divergentmovies.blogspot.com.
Tris faces knives (http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/04/24/shailene-woodley-divergent-first-look/)
Divergent set taking shape (http://www.hypable.com/2013/04/22/divergent-movie-set-photos-abnegation-home/)
A great look at the faction symbols: http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Divergent-Movie-Faction-Symbols-Emphasize-Divide-Society-37735.html
The most interesting thing about Divergent to me is not that it’s being made into a movie; with the success of The Hunger Games and the anticipation surrounding the also-upcoming Ender’s Game, I’m not surprised to see more sci-fi and dystopian films adapted from books. What’s truly fascinating is that Divergent hasn’t made as huge a splash in the general pop culture and entertainment worlds as it has in the book publishing industry.
I should know; I’ve interviewed celebrities for my writing job at Fanhattan, I’m always scanning the latest entertainment news scrolling past me on Twitter, and I’m trying to keep my thumb on the pulse of Hollywood even from 1500 miles away in Iowa. And I just haven’t seen much of a notice given to Divergent.
However, if it’s as compelling a story as Roth’s readers claim it is (I’ll admit, I haven’t read it yet!), the movie might find Hunger Games-esque success, which I’d love to see for a series with an incredibly passionate fan base.
Then we can chalk up it up as another win for the young adult genre, and further proof that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Bree Brouwer is a freelance blogger, writer, and content strategist with full fangirl attitude. She writes about geek culture and lifestyle over at her blog Geek My Life, and hopes to pen her own science fiction book someday. She’s an Anglophile addicted to chipotle seasoning and the smell of a new book.