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'Divergent' TV Movie & Series Based On 'Ascendant' In Talks At Starz

'Divergent' TV Movie & Series Based On 'Ascendant' In Talks At Starz

Last year, news broke that the final film in the Divergent film series, Ascendant, would be skipping the big screen and going straight to a TV movie instead.

The TV movie, which formerly starred Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, would set it up for a spinoff series as well.

Now, Deadline reports that Starz is in negotiations for this with Lionsgate.

However, don’t expect Shailene, Theo or Miles Teller (Peter) to return for it. They’ve all said, several times, that they weren’t interested in making a TV movie.

So far, there are no details about the TV adaptions right now, just that there is talk.

Based on Veronica Roth‘s best-selling books, the Divergent series was set in a futuristic society where people are broken up into social and personality-related factions. authored the best-selling series that inspired the movies.

Shailene Woodley is Officially Done with 'Divergent' Franchise & Won't Be In the TV Movie

Shailene Woodley is Officially Done with 'Divergent' Franchise & Won't Be In the TV Movie

If there was any hope at all that Shailene Woodley would change her mind about appearing in the Divergent TV movie, kiss those goodbye.

The actress, who was asked about the franchise at her Big Little Lies premiere earlier this week, dashed all the hope away.

“No,” she quickly replied. “I’m not going to be on the television show.”

Late last year, Shailene was saying almost the exact same thing: “Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show…I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”

Earlier that summer, Lionsgate announced that the final film, Ascendant, would skip the big screen for a TV movie and spinoff series.

Is Theo James Done With The 'Divergent' Series?

Is Theo James Done With The 'Divergent' Series?

Theo James is opening up about the possibility of returning as Four in Ascendant, the final film in the Divergent series.

In a recent interview, the 32-year-old said that he, as well as the other original Divergent actors, likely will not return.

“My message would be ‘Thanks for the support.’ I think it’s a shame that we can’t finish the story,” he told TooFab. “But I think it’s evolving in a place where the actors that have been in the three movies probably won’t be in whatever it evolves to in the future.”

Shailene Woodley, who stars as Tris in the series, has also stated that she will not be apart of any Ascendant movie or TV series.

Theo has also been apart of the Underworld franchise since Underworld: Awakening, and he was asked if he would still be involved in any future films in that series.

“I think David’s storyline is done. I think his arc has been fully realized,” he said. “I think now is the time for the new characters that have been introduced to the story to take the helm, mainly Bradley James, who will be the next lead.”

Shailene Woodley Is Out Of 'Divergent' TV Adaption

Shailene Woodley Is Out Of 'Divergent' TV Adaption

Shailene Woodley is not looking to do a Divergent TV show and will not be in any adaptions.

The 24-year-old actress told Screen Rant during her Snowden press rounds that she’s not interested in the franchise if it does turn into a television series.

“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show,” she shared. “Out of respect to the studio and everyone in involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”

Lionsgate announced earlier this summer that the final film, Ascendant, would skip the big screen for a TV movie and spinoff series.

Miles Teller Weighs In On 'Divergent' Film To TV Movie News

Miles Teller Weighs In On 'Divergent' Film To TV Movie News

It’s safe to say that we all were shocked about the news that Divergent‘s final film, Ascendant, wouldn’t be hitting theaters as planned, the cast was even more shocked.

“It caught us all by surprise,” Miles Teller shared with THR. “At this point, it’s a different set of circumstances. We’ll see. I honestly haven’t talked to anybody,” he added about returning for the project where he plays Peter.

“Things do change anytime they’re messing with something that was not the original intention,” he continued. “We all signed on for it in hopes that it’d be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise].”

The plan, which was discussed with Variety, is to wrap up the series as a TV movie, which would then transition into a TV series.

“We got excited about the possibility of what the series could look like – resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons,” Lionsgate TV Group Chair Kevin Beggs said.

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