Lionsgate and Summit have announced release dates for the sequels to Divergent--which are apparently calling for such a fast turnaround on each film that at least the second movie, Insurgent, will not be directed by Divergent director Neil Burger.
“Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent," said Summit in a statement. "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.”
Insurgent has been set for a March 20, 2015 release date and filming will begin in spring 2014. The third film, Allegiant, is set for March 18, 2016.
Franchise star Shailene Woodley, who was cast as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but then reportedly cut from the film, may not be able to take the Spider-Man job in the future of this filming schedule holds up; with Sony aggressively developing a universe of films around Spidey, it's been hinted that they may want actors whose top priority is the wall-crawler.
The series, based on Roth's young-adult novels, has been compared to The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games in terms of its potential audience and appeal. Of course, so was the midsummer flop The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.