Studios sometimes do this thing where they announce sequel plans for a first film that hasn't opened yet. When The Hunger Games did it, it seemed like a no-brainer. When The Mortal Instruments did it, it seemed foolish. I'm still not sure what to make of Divergent.
But Summit/Lionsgate is moving full steam ahead with sequel plans, at least by all appearances, and now, according to Variety, Akiva Goldsman has been brought in to work on the script for Insurgent, based on the second book in Veronica Roth's bestselling novel trilogy.
Brian Duffield wrote the initial script and filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring. You know, right after Divergent opens on March 21st. Tentative is probably the keyword there. I liked Insurgent a lot more than Divergent, and of course Shailene Woodley is talented and could use a JLaw moment of her own, so I do hope it gets made, but we'll see.
It'll need to prove it's not just another YA flop first, and then it'll need a new director as well.