Robert Schwentke Isn’t Going To Direct ‘The Divergent Series: Ascendant’

Deadline reports that Robert Schwentke has dropped out of directing Divergent: Ascendant, the final installment of the Veronica Roth novel series that stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Mile Teller and Naomi Watts. Lionsgate needs to move quickly to find a replacement director, as Ascendant is scheduled to shoot in Atlanta this summer.

Schwentke just needed a break, after making Insurgent and Allegiant, back to back. Neil Burger directed the original Divergent film.

In December the release date for Ascendant moved from March 24th, 2017 to June 9, 2017. It was unclear at the time why they changed the date but maybe this is why? We will probably never find out if that’s the reason.

Schwentke has a good relationship with Lionsgate, where he helmed Red.

We will keep you posted on any new information on this!

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