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When we read the news that The Divergent Series: Ascendant, would be going straight to TV and skipping the movie theaters, we knew we had to break down our reactions to the news immediately (after returning from Comic-Con). So without further ado:
Everyone Else we told immediately: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Supposedly. Lionsgate hasn’t confirmed it, but they haven’t denied it either. And it was revealed exclusively to Variety by someone close to production. And, to be honest, is anyone really surprised?
Okay THAT part is surprising. But Allegiant did TERRIBLY. It currently has a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Remember how bad the reviews were? Also, I haven’t seen it. YOU GUYS, I AM OR WAS A FAN!!!!
When I wrote a real quick check-in on Divergent a few Mondays ago, I said THIS about Ascendent:
…it’s hard to imagine Ascendant coming out next June. Then again, what do I know?
We JUST talked about this! But honestly, I just assumed this movie would never get made.
What other TV movies can you think of? I’ve come up with:
and now we can add Ascendant to the list!
This info. is iffy, but supposedly they’re going to do a “Spin Off” series on TV. I guess maybe they’ll explore the budding romance between Janine and Eric in Insurgent. Oh wait they’re dead. Okay, I guess it will be about Tris and Uriah after they save the universe in Allegiant. Oh wait….they are definitely not alive in the book…
Who knows. This is the part of the story that makes the least amount of sense to me.
Not that anyone is asking the FANS, but they should have made better movies. Other than that, they shouldn’t have split the last book into 2 films. But since they did and we are where we are, they should release Ascendent straight-to-on-demand. And maybe that WAS the plan, but it’s been leaked as straight to TV. Movies go right to demand all the time. Maybe it could have a small theatrical release, as well.
And there’s the word that confuses us all- Theatrical. Most contracts that we are aware of talk about the type of release an actor is signing on to. And “Televised” vs. “Theatrical” is a big deal. We’re not agents or lawyers and we don’t play them on the internet, but we’re pretty sure the big actors contracts all say they will take part in “Theatrical Releases.”
Could that mean they intend to release it in theaters but last minute pull a bait and switch and release it straight to Demand? Possibly. And maybe that was their plan, which has now been ruined. This is pure speculation after a week at Comic-Con and too much rosé.
But it IS a little sad- for author Veronica Roth (Though someone in our crew said NO IT’S NOT. THAT BOOK WAS CRAP) and the Oscar-nominated actors who will now have roles like a younger Sam Heughan once played. But it’s not that sad considering what happened to this franchise. It has gone from “meh” to BAD. And it’s not the source material’s fault- that is good (though you know how we feel about Allegiant). It’s not the actors- they are all great (for the most part) and have a bunch of Oscar awards and nominations to prove it.
Maybe, just maybe, there has been some “meddling” on a high, corporate level. Maybe there have been “Suits” sitting in offices deciding a terrible book should be TWO TERRIBLE MOVIES and making a money grab instead of seeing if that’s even going to work story-wise (it’s not). Or maybe there were creative problems caused by creative differences (Remember how the the first director quit the second film “for scheduling reasons”? False.) And we have to call it out- this franchise started out with fans as the focus— like a little franchise they had before it. There were set visits, there was cast access, they had sites like ours on red carpets and guess what? That shizz WORKS!! If you get fans with influence and reach excited, readers and watchers will be excited too. The marketing machine has moved towards snapchat and other “cool” hip, digital features (like that snapchat filter they used for Allegiant’s DVD/Blu-Ray release…) and forgotten the fans. This HAS had an effect.
So what will happen? Who knows. But we’ll be here to tell you allll about it and we can laugh together in solidarity.