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Hollywood has never had a problem picking books to bring to the big screen, in a dash for cash from fans around the world. But they could be doing one big thing to increase their reach with literary adaptations.
Modern Familyís Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolfís Tyler Posey co-hosted the event, which honored Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) with the Ultimate Choice Award. The ultimate choice of what? Címon Tweens! Clarify!
In anticipation of the home video release of Divergent, we had the opportunity to speak with director Neil Burger about the making of the film. Among the topics of discussion, finding the right Four, Kate Winslet's pregnancy, the zip-lining scene that almost didn't happen and the challenges the sequel faces.
Leading up to the release of Divergent on Blu-ray and DVD, Summit-Lionsgate released a deleted scene that shows one of the Dauntless initiates suffering a severe eye wound... to put it mildly.
Divergent's finished product was a rather dull and bloodless affair, but this deleted scene we've just seen shows that it could have (at least momentarily) been the complete opposite. Fans of the source text, you have been slightly vindicated!
Summit announced today that Divergent will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 5. Those who don't want to wait that long will have the opportunity to get the digital HD copy two weeks early, as that's set to arrive online July 22.
Harry Potter did it. Twilight did it. The Hunger Games is doing it. Should we be all that surprised that Divergent is joining the list of feature adaptations that split the final book into two movies? That's the plan...
Looking to Divergent, Nymphomaniac and Noah for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of female-fronted YA dramas, steamy tales of love and sex, and inventive interpretations of bible stories.
Parents tend to reach out to us when a borderline title reaches theaters, asking us if we think their kids can handle it. Itís a hard topic to address, because what one parent might deem questionable, another might see as totally fine.
Teen-targeted dramas like Hunger Games and Twilight have been cash cows for studios Lionsgate and Summit, but the two studios felt compelled to share the risk when it came to the lastest young adult novel adaptation Divergent. Even though Divergent the first in a series, banked an impressive number one this weekend with $56 million, it fell short of the other mega-franchise movies which have tended to open at $70 million or higher.
This weekend, while Kermit the Frog will fall prey to a criminal plot in front of younger children and families in Muppets Most Wanted, Shailene Woodley and Neil Burgerís DIvergent will be attracting nearly every other audience demographic there is. And based on the dystopian fantasyís impressive Thursday night box office receipts, it looks like this is going to be an unequivocal success, which Iím sure will be a face-palm of butthurt for everyone who either hoped or assumed that this flick was a failure out of the gates.
Director Neil Burgerís big screen take on Veronica Rothís story does diverge in some ways, but often attempts to keep the integral portions of the novel intact, changing details and dialogue to suit its own needs and whims.
If films are becoming more like television, consider this an echo of the miniseries. Divergent is just the latest Lionsgate property to utilize this aggressive business plan of saturating theaters with product each year.
Being a parent is undoubtedly an incredible challenge in our own world, but in the science-fiction universe of Divergent it comes with an extra special twist. Because young people are ultimately psychologically tested to see which faction of society they will end up in, the society actually does its part to warp the balance of nature vs. nurture.
In the film, James stars as Four, a member of the Dauntless faction that helps maintain security in the futuristic Chicago in the story. He is one of the instructors who both helps train the new recruits what it means to become Dauntless, and push them to the limit to see whether or not they can take it.