'Ascendant': Starz, Lionsgate Developing 'Divergent' TV Series

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Almost a year after Lionsgate officially announced that The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the finale to the Divergent film franchise, would be coming to television and not movie theaters, Deadline: Hollywood reports that Starz is developing Ascendant as a drama TV series for the network.

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Though still too early for any specific details, Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) will write/executive produce and Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale) will direct/executive produce, shifting their roles from a presumed fourth feature film installment to a television series. Starz and Lionsgate would not comment on whether or not Divergent franchise stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort would return to wrap-up their characters' story arcs and help spin-off the series in a new direction, though that was the general thought when the decision to move to television was made last year.

The Divergent films are based on Veronica Roth's bestselling books (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant and the short story collection Four: A Divergent Collection), are set in a futuristic society where people are broken up into social and personality-related factions.

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From HarperCollins Publishers:

Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth's debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed "perfect society." 

Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. The second bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Allegiant: One choice will define you. The explosive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers. 

Four: A Divergent Collection: A companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent series, told from the perspective of Tobias. The four pieces included—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," "The Son," and "The Traitor"—plus three additional scenes, give readers a fascinating glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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