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Will DIVERGENT Win at the Box Office? MTV Tells us what they think!

Shailene Woodley in "Divergent"

Lately YA film adaptations have been failing at the box office. The likes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight have been an exception.

Divergent is taking a run at it this coming March and Summit has a lot of faith in the franchise. MTV seems to have a positive outlook too. Read what they had to say:

The initial success of “Twilight” was once thought to have signaled a future where the multiplex would be overrun with teenage romances adapted from YA books. Five years after the world met Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella, however, “The Hunger Games” has been the only adaptation to catch on in a major way, despite several notable attempts.

This past year was particularly unkind to the genre, with both “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Mortal Instruments” failing to kick off franchises, but next year’s “Divergent,” based on the book by Veronica Roth, is looking to buck the trend, and the studio behind the project, Summit, is already betting on it.

Summit has just announced that they have a planned release date for the third movie in the franchise, “Allegiant,” three months before the first opens. The conclusion is scheduled to hit theaters on March 18, 2016, putting a year between installments. The second installment, “Insurgent,” has already found a writer, Brian Duffield, but as Variety just revealed, “Divergent” director Neil Burger will not be returning for the film currently scheduled for March 2015.

The release plan for a potential “Divergent” series matches what Lionsgate — which owns Summit — did with “The Hunger Games,” which is currently in production on the third and fourth films in the series, the two-part “Mockingjay,” so success with this model isn’t unprecedented.

The strategy didn’t work so well for “The Mortal Instruments,” however. A sequel, “City of Ashes,” was originally scheduled to start production in September, shortly after “City of Bones” opened, but disappointing box-office numbers caused Constantin Film to “reposition the film in the current market place” and delay filming indefinitely.

When rumors surfaced that the movie might be back on last month, star Lily Collins told MTV News that the news might be a little prematurely optimistic. “Well, there is a lot of conversation still going on,” she said. “I don’t know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”

But will “Divergent” be the one to break the streak for YA? It is more “Hunger Games” than “Twilight,” after all, and the similarities between “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Mortal Instruments,” and the vampire romance brought the critics down hard on the 2013 YA entries. Maybe what audiences in 2013 are looking for is someone that’s a little more Katniss than Bella.

What are your thoughts on this? Share them in the comments or on twitter @DivergentFction

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Neil Burger Adds Commentary to the new DIVERGENT Trailer with MTV!

A new amazing Divergent trailer was released on Wednesday. Director Neil Burger sat with MTV and provided commentary on the trailer.

Check out what he said:



Setting the Scene
” ‘Divergent’ takes place 100 years in the future after some kind of war or catastrophe happened, and society’s been reformed into five factions,” Burger says, setting the scene of the film. The cast and crew filmed in Chicago, using real, dilapidated buildings for the exterior shots and only utilizing CGI to turn Lake Michigan into a dried-up marsh.

The Aptitude Test That Changes Everything
As heroine Tris Prior, Shailene Woodley undergoes an aptitude test to determine which faction she belongs in. Burger describes the test as a “controlled nightmare,” pitting the teen against her darkest fears. Until, that is, she discovers the ability to mentally overcome the test.

“What she learns, as they say, is that her results are inconclusive. She doesn’t fit in anywhere and she’s what’s known as Divergent,” Burger says. “She doesn’t understand at this point, she just knows that it’s dangerous.”

Becoming Dauntless
Despite her inconclusive test results, Tris decides to leave the safety of her home faction and attempt to complete a brutal initiation into the Dauntless faction. Her first task?

“The only way they’ll allow you to go into Dauntless is, you have to jump off the ledge of this building through this ragged hole,” Burger says — and that’s after she’s forced to leap on and off of a moving train. Talk about hazing.

The Romance/Bootcamp Begins
Enter: Theo James.

Once Tris finds herself inside the Dauntless compound, she comes face-to-face with her instructor, Four, who will lead the young initiates through a grueling boot camp. Burger likens the experience to “being in the Marines, times 10. They shoot, they fight, they throw knives.”

In one classic scene from the book, Four throws knives at Tris’ head until one finally grazes her ear. “She stands up for a friend, and she’s basically punished by having to stand in front of a target and have Four throw these knives at he,” Burger explains. “And he can’t play it safe, or else he’s gonna give himself away. So he actually ends up cutting her with the knife.”

Cue the romance (and a shirtless scene!). “He takes his shirt off and he shows this intense tattoo that he has, which in a way represents all five personalities and more,” Burger says.

Societal Breakdown
“By the end of the movie everything goes to hell,” Burger says, point blank. As the society attempts to eradicate Divergents, Tris and Four team up to fight “as best they can.” But, Burger says, “it’s almost an impossible situation.”

Missed the trailer? Watch it here:


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Veronica Roth Explains the Conclusion of the Divergent Trilogy to MTV’s Josh Horowitz!

The final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant has finally hit book stores. Veronica Roth sat down with MTV‘s Josh Horowitz to talk about the conclusion of the series.



Josh Horowitz also got a chance to talk to Veronica about Shailene Woodley and Theo James as Tris and Four:


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MTV’s Spoilery #ALLEGIANT Interview with Veronica Roth comes on Monday!

Veronica Roth has been doing tons of interviewd for the release of the final book in her Divergent trilogy, Allegiant.

MTV’s Josh Horowitz interviewed Veronica Roth about Allegiant. Josh just tweeted that this interview will have a bunch of spoilers.


The interview will be posted on MTV.com on Monday so stay tuned.

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MTV Breaks Down Five Key Scenes from the DIVERGENT Trailer!


The first Divergent trailer was released on Sunday. MTV shared what they think are the five best scenes from the Divergent trailer.

Being Different
When Abnegation-born Beatrice undergoes her aptitude testing (a requirement for all 16-year-olds), she’s delivered unsettling results by administrator Tori (Maggie Q): “You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent. You can’t let them find out about you.”

“And what if they already know?” Beatrice asks.

“Then you’re already dead,” Tori warns.

Those words haunt Beatrice, and instead of staying with her friends and family in the faction she knows, she decides to pledge the Dauntless.

Taking A Flying Leap
Of course, being an initiate in the most fearless of factions is no mean feat. One of Beatrice’s first tasks is to jump from the roof of a seven-story building into Dauntless headquarters — through an ominous black hole. Here we see her, still clad in her Abnegation gray, make the perilous leap, proving her mettle to both the Dauntless leaders and her fellow initiates.

Going To The Mat
Initiation begins with physical training. Tris (renamed and in her Dauntless black) takes her punches from rival Peter, and later we see her face down hurtling knives, with one whizzing perilously close to her face, nicking her ear and drawing blood. What you don’t see here is that it’s her mentor/love interest Four who’s doing the throwing. (Those Dauntless have a funny way of showing their affection…)

Getting A Better Vantage Point
In what will probably become one of the most iconic scenes from the film, Tris and Four climb the dilapidated Navy Pier Ferris wheel during a game of Capture the Flag to get a superior view of their competition. It’s a pivotal moment, not only because Four overcomes his own fear (heights!), but because the two share a palpable moment of sexual tension that will soon pay off.

Kissing Her Hard
And, speaking of pay off … Tris and Four kiss! Tris and Four kiss!

James, who stopped by MTV’s VMA All Access Experience ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, described the smooch thusly to Josh Horowitz: “I just went at it hard, to be honest, because I thought that’s how she wanted it. I thought to assuage any awkwardness I would just go for it. She was kind of batting away my hands. It was kind of nice because we had Miles as Peter literally in the background as we were kissing. He was making hissing noises which actually added to the sexuality.”

Do you agree with the scenes that MTV chose? Rewatch the Divergent trailer to see which ones are your favorite:

Which five scenes are your favorite? Share them in the comments below.

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Miles Teller Attends the VMAs in new York!

The first DIVERENT trailer was just debuted on the VMAs Pre-Show by our Tris and Four, Shailene Woodley and Theo James. If you haven’t seen it click here. But they weren’t the only ones that attended the VMAs. Our Peter, Miles Teller is also in attendance.

Earlier today Miles tweeted a photo of himself all ready for the VMAs:

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