The past 15 years have been good for young adult literature looking to transition to film, ever since Harry Potter paved the way for Twilight which then led to The Hunger Games and many more adaptations. This year alone we can expect to see (in order of release) The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but the next one hoping to make it big is director Neil Burger’s Divergent.
Set in a dystopian Chicago where everyone is divided into five factions based on their personality traits, Divergent follows teenager Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as she discovers her results are too varied to belong to any one faction and is labeled ‘divergent.’ Tris is then forced to keep her new identity a secret as leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) works to kill the divergents while new friend Four (Theo James) helps her understand the power she holds by being different.
Over the last few months, Summit Entertainment has introduced a variety of different teasers in their plans to make this science fiction/YA film into a hit, but the newest trailer released this week focuses on an entirely new target, the general public. And for a film that highlights the importance of being not only selfless but also peaceful, honest, brave and knowledgeable (also known as the five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite), they’ve chosen the Olympics as the venue to debut it.
The rest of the teasers and trailers have shown Tris learning she’s ‘divergent’ and going through a series of tests designed to reveal her greatest fears, thereby establishing the premise for the audience. This latest trailer takes it up a notch with a slightly different tactic, only lightly touching on that stuff in favor of Tris and Four accepting their fate and finally taking on Jeanine. By emphasizing the action rather than the storyline, they remove any confusion and attract an audience simply looking for a fun, exciting movie.
Fortunately for fans of the book series, audiences will have more to look forward to, because in true franchise fashion, pre-production on sequels is already underway. A script for Insurgent from Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) is already complete, and Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale) is currently revising it. Meanwhile, Director Neil Burger won’t return for the sequel, instead handing it off to Robert Schwentke (Red).
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Divergent arrives in theaters on March 21st, 2014. Insurgent is scheduled for March 20th, 2015 and Allegiant is currently planned for March 18th, 2016.