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Shailene Woodley refuses to join Divergent: Ascendant TV movie

09.09.2016

The DIVERGENT series is a run-of-the-mill young adult dystopian future thing that's so innocuous, it almost plays like parody. It has its fans, and if you're one of them, that's cool. The one thing that can't be disputed though, is that while it fared better than most would-be franchises (*cough* MORTAL INSTRUMENTS *cough*), it still wasn't as successful or as recognizable as similar films in the genre. The first DIVERGENT film did well at the box-office, but it was diminishing returns from there, with the last film ALLEGIANT doing so poorly that it caused Lionsgate's stocks to plummet.

Anyway, in an interview with Screen Rant Shailene Woodley, star of the DIVERGENT films, speaks out on her current involvement in the franchise:

Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show. Out of respect to the studio and everyone in involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show. 

So it looks like things are still up in the air for the DIVERGENT series. I'd say I hope for the best, but I honestly keep forgetting this series exists, and probably will again the moment I publish this article. But if you are a fan, I at least hope the best for you. You deserve something for sticking it out this long.

Extra Tidbit: Shailene Woodley was set to play Mary Jane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and even shot all her scenes. However, she was ultimately cut.
Source: Screen Rant

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8:56AM on 09/12/2016
Well Lionsgate shot themselves in the foot on this one. They thought they could just do the typical YA movies adaptation and split the final book into two movies (b/c Hunger Game and Harry Potter did it, doesn't mean every movie series needs to do it). Think how much safer they would have been had they just adapted the third novel into 1 movie?
Well Lionsgate shot themselves in the foot on this one. They thought they could just do the typical YA movies adaptation and split the final book into two movies (b/c Hunger Game and Harry Potter did it, doesn't mean every movie series needs to do it). Think how much safer they would have been had they just adapted the third novel into 1 movie?
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10:38AM on 09/11/2016
Lions gate stocks take a hit because they have movies like Urge. They throw out terrible movies left and right and blame the divergent series which isn't all that bad yeah it's not good but out of those young adult movies they are the only ones I can watch.
Lions gate stocks take a hit because they have movies like Urge. They throw out terrible movies left and right and blame the divergent series which isn't all that bad yeah it's not good but out of those young adult movies they are the only ones I can watch.
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2:25AM on 09/11/2016
I dont think shes the best actress out there, but shes far from the worst. I also think these movies could be a bit better than how they were given to us, but we got what we got and sadly it wasn't enough to keep it a theatrical franchise. Glad she wont be doing a TV movie or series or whatever they want to do. Wouldnt be the first time a franchise loses it's star due to a straight to dvd or tv release.
I dont think shes the best actress out there, but shes far from the worst. I also think these movies could be a bit better than how they were given to us, but we got what we got and sadly it wasn't enough to keep it a theatrical franchise. Glad she wont be doing a TV movie or series or whatever they want to do. Wouldnt be the first time a franchise loses it's star due to a straight to dvd or tv release.
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12:31AM on 09/11/2016
The movies are not great, but no worse than other teen fair. However, I find that Woodley rises well above the material and she is very, very good in these films. Not sure what else she is doing but I understand not wanting to slide to TV as she is every bit a movie star.
The movies are not great, but no worse than other teen fair. However, I find that Woodley rises well above the material and she is very, very good in these films. Not sure what else she is doing but I understand not wanting to slide to TV as she is every bit a movie star.
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1:16PM on 09/10/2016
When the news of the switch to TV was announced, it was clarified that there would be a 4th movie to wrap up the story and then a TV show win the same universe but with different characters. Like Galactus said below, she said "Show", not "Movie". Now,, why did she not clarify that she would be in the movie? Well, after that announcement, she said in an interview that she didn't know anything about it (she was in an airplane). The money loss really shook the producers and now they have no idea
When the news of the switch to TV was announced, it was clarified that there would be a 4th movie to wrap up the story and then a TV show win the same universe but with different characters. Like Galactus said below, she said "Show", not "Movie". Now,, why did she not clarify that she would be in the movie? Well, after that announcement, she said in an interview that she didn't know anything about it (she was in an airplane). The money loss really shook the producers and now they have no idea what they're doing/what to do.

I've hated all 3 movies, but I also hate the idea of not finishing a series just 1 movie away.
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3:28AM on 09/10/2016
She said television 'show' not movie. I thought this was going to be a movie for Starz or Epix. If it's a show I can understand her refusal. If it's a movie I think she needs to nut up. If it's a show just recast she sucks anyway.
She said television 'show' not movie. I thought this was going to be a movie for Starz or Epix. If it's a show I can understand her refusal. If it's a movie I think she needs to nut up. If it's a show just recast she sucks anyway.
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1:16AM on 09/10/2016

Dear Shailene Woodley...

...you're the fugly version of J-Law, so you should take what you can get. You might have even caught some respect for sticking with the franchise regardless of the medium, giving the few fans of this drivel some closure. You "didn't sign up to do a TV show"? YOU couldn't sell a franchise, because you're a wooden zilch. Decent body, but that's about it.
...you're the fugly version of J-Law, so you should take what you can get. You might have even caught some respect for sticking with the franchise regardless of the medium, giving the few fans of this drivel some closure. You "didn't sign up to do a TV show"? YOU couldn't sell a franchise, because you're a wooden zilch. Decent body, but that's about it.
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11:13AM on 09/10/2016
Dear Saunderizer - Shailene Woodley doesn't read this forum, nor would she give an iota of a flying fuck what you you have to say about her. Get over yourself, you sexist twat.
Dear Saunderizer - Shailene Woodley doesn't read this forum, nor would she give an iota of a flying fuck what you you have to say about her. Get over yourself, you sexist twat.
7:16AM on 09/11/2016
Dear Saunderizer...
You might change your mind once you see her in Snowden (great movie, btw), she's great in it. And I think she proved her talent in The Fault In Our Stars, as well... Just my opinion, though...
Dear Saunderizer...
You might change your mind once you see her in Snowden (great movie, btw), she's great in it. And I think she proved her talent in The Fault In Our Stars, as well... Just my opinion, though...
12:17AM on 09/10/2016
Doubtful anyone cares, this was a lame franchise and honestly there is nothing about Shailene that I find appealing. Hopefully she'll fade away soon.
Doubtful anyone cares, this was a lame franchise and honestly there is nothing about Shailene that I find appealing. Hopefully she'll fade away soon.
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12:02AM on 09/10/2016

About your headline

Trifle misleading innit? Nowhere in your article or quotes does she say anything about refusing.
Trifle misleading innit? Nowhere in your article or quotes does she say anything about refusing.
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