Summit Entertainment has hired Brian Duffield to pen the script for Insurgent, the sequel to the studios futuristic adventure Divergent based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller series. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the film via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.
In the thrilling sequel to Divergent, Insurgent continues the journey of Tris Prior (Woodley) as war now looms. Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and Tris will risk everything as she struggles to harness her incredible power.
The extremely popular novel “Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in April of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with the book “Insurgent,” which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific New York Times Best Sellers lists. To date, book sales are now over 3 million copies for both novels combined, and both titles are HarperCollins most successful e-books ever in regards to sales. The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book “Divergent” was published.
Divergent will be released theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014. The film stars Golden Globe-nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Academy Award- winner Kate Winslet, and is directed by Neil Burger from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor.