For the past decade or so, the YA genre has been ruling the box office. From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, there has been no shortage of epic YA novels turned into film. Therefore, when Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy got optioned for the big screen, everyone was super excited to see her dystopian world come to life.
The series started off promising enough, with hottie Theo James playing Dautless leader Four opposite Shailene Woodley‘s Tris. However, with Woodley’s constant anti-feminist speech, a decision to split the last book into two films, and some terrible reviews, the hype surrounding Divergent has dwindled drastically.
Last month, Lionsgate announced that since the third film Allegiant did so poorly in the box office, they were scraping plans to release the final film in theaters. Instead they will be airing Ascendant on TV with hopes of turning into a television series. This means that the studio will have to negotiate new deals with the film’s stars because their contracts require that the film to be released theatrically.
Miles Teller who play Peter in the films, chatted with the Hollywood Reporter recently about the major change. He said, “Things do change anytime they’re messing with something that was not the original intention,” he added, hinting that he could bow out of the series. “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].” When asked if he would return for the final film Teller went on to say, “We’ll see. I honestly haven’t talked to anybody.”
Honestly, we don’t think Teller will be returning. Not only does ha have a ton of upcoming films on his slate, few years back he told W Magazine, “I didn’t have an interesting part [in Divergent], and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, ‘This sucks.'” Well, at lease he was honest even though he was quick to try and change his tune with this tweet:
I’ve never done a movie for “business” reasons. I’m proud to be a part of Divergent franchise and love all of Peter’s Princesses
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) September 24, 2014
What do ya’ll think? Will you even be watching Ascendant to begin with? Personally, we say good riddance.