Neil Burger Bumped From 'Divergent' Sequel for Strange, Strange Reason
Neil Burger will not helm the 'Divergent' sequel, because he's still working on the first movie. Erm.
Neil Burger will not direct the Divergent sequel with Shailene Woodley and Theo James, because he is still working on the first movie and "cannot be in two places at once," according to Summit Entertainment. In short, Summit are unwilling to delay production on the sequel to enable Burger to helm the project and are therefore looking elsewhere.
Theo James [L] and Shailene Woodley [R] in 'Divergent'
"Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. 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," Summit Entertainment began to say in a statement obtained by E! News.
"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 is slated for release on March 2015, which requires that production begins in the Spring. A third movie, Allegiant, will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.
The first movie - set for March 21, 2014 - is set in a dystopian Chicago and centers on a society divided into five factions each dedicated to a particular virtue - Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite - with all 16-year-old's required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. It's basically The Hunger Games - which is why everyone has thrown so much money at it.
The first movie also stars Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Miles Teller.