Third ‘Divergent’ Movie ‘Allegiant’ Recruits ‘Maze Runner’ Writer

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Maze Runner Writer to Pen third Divergent film Third Divergent Movie Allegiant Recruits Maze Runner Writer

When Lionsgate originally announced it would adapt Veronica Roth’s popular young adult novel set in a futuristic dystopian world and featuring a strong female lead character, Divergent naturally drew comparisons to The Hunger Games. After the record-breaking success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - but before Divergent was released in theaters – Lionsgate gave the green light to adapt the other two books in Roth’s trilogy: Insurgent and Allegiant. A few months later, the studio announced that the final film would be split into two separate movies.

Although the cast and crew are still shooting principal photography for Insurgent, the producers have already begun securing the main players behind the scenes for Allegiant – Part 1. Specifically, a scriptwriter with some experience adapting young adult novels to the big screen has been tapped for the adaptation.

THR is reporting that Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) has signed on to adapt the script for Allegiant – Part 1 from Roth’s novel. Divergent was co-written by Evan Daugherty (Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Vanessa Taylor while the script for Insurgent was adapted by Akiva Goldsman (Fringe) and Brian Duffield.

Whether Lionsgate will follow in the trend of hiring two writers for each Divergent installment and tap a co-scribe to join Oppenheim remains to be seen. Additionally, the third film in the franchise doesn’t yet have a director, but Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will return – they signed on to produce all four Divergent films – along with Pouya Shahbazian.

Maze Runner Writer to Pen Allegiant Part 1 Third Divergent Movie Allegiant Recruits Maze Runner Writer

‘The Maze Runner’

Though Oppenheim’s past work co-writing Fox’s The Maze Runner might grant him some insight into adapting young adult novels to the big screen – a feat that can either be very successful (The Hunger Games) or not (The Mortal Instruments) – that’s the extent of his screenwriting experience. Prior to Maze Runner, he served as the executive producer on MTV’s The Buried Life and senior producer on Today and Hardball With Chris Matthews.

Since Oppenheim’s only experience in scriptwriting has yet to debut in theaters (The Maze Runner premieres mid-September), it’s hard to judge how he’ll fare with Roth’s novel or whether he’ll be able to pen a film that can stand on its own and as fit into a big-budget franchise.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Allegiant – Part 1 won’t be successful, but for those who are unsure how recruiting Oppenheim will affect the film and the franchise, it might be best to reserve judgement until The Maze Runner premieres. At least then Oppenheim’s skill as a screenwriter working with adaptations will be better understood.

Insurgent hits theaters on March 20th, 2015; Allegiant: Part 1 one year later on March 18th, 2016; and Part 2 will premiere March 24th, 2017.

Source: THR

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  1. Oh great, another movie based on a trilogy book where the last movie is split into two parts.

  2. I hated that movie, and the teenagers who loved the movie causing there to be a second movie…

    Same with Twilight.

    • I actually enjoyed divergent, a million time setter than that twilight crap

  3. When will they stop?

  4. I actually think divergent sucks big time.. I watched it on the cinema because Neil Burger was the director, thought it will be something like Limitless or something. It end up pointless its just another Hunger Games imitation.

  5. the only book deserving of two movies was harry potter and the deathly hallows.

  6. Shailene woodly is much better actress than jennifer lawrence.

  7. Get used to it. These young adult books turn movies is what a lot of the younger generation want to see. It will be like this for a while until the next trend.

    Also, the movie was not horrible. The book was 1000 times better, which angered me a little, but whatever. Hopefully they can fix up the series. Especially the last one! That book just pissed me off.