Studio executives behind the Divergent franchise have reportedly decided to skip the cinemas and release the final installment of the series as a TV movie.
Executives at Lionsgate are planning to wrap up the action fantasy series by airing the fourth and final film, Ascendant, on the small screen, according to Variety.
The film was originally scheduled to debut in theaters in June next year, but a source tells the publication that the poor box office performance of the previous installment, Allegiant, prompted chiefs to rethink their release strategy.
Variety also reports that they are planning to segue the TV movie into a standalone series set in the same post-apocalyptic world as the Divergent films, but featuring a new cast.
The first two films, Divergent and Insurgent were box office hits, each grossing over $250 million at the worldwide box office. In comparison, Allegiant, which was released earlier this year, only raked in $197 million globally.
The dystopian series, adapted from the best-selling novels by author Veronica Roth, stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort among others. It is unclear whether those three will reprise their roles for Ascendant television movie.
Should Ascendant have been released in theaters, it would have gone up against blockbusters World War Z 2 and The Mummy reboot. The studio had initially planned to start shooting in Atlanta this summer, with the Age of Adaline’s Lee Toland Krieger tapped to direct the film.
As yet, no networks have been approached about the project, and Lionsgate has yet to respond to the report.0