Wednesday 3 August 2011

Veronica Roth on Divergent Movie's Screenwriter + Movie Process Info

From Veronica: "Last week I had the great fortune of traveling to California, where the weather was far nicer than in Chicago, which had turned into an oven in my absence. While I was there I did many things, some of which were meeting the people currently involved in the process of turning Divergent into a movie."

One of those people was the screenwriter Evan Daugherty! So what did she make of him?

"As his posture suggests, Evan is a chill dude. He also likes Divergent. Now, that may seem obvious to you (why would he want to write the screenplay if he didn't like Divergent?) but that's not necessarily obvious-- people do things for plenty of reasons, not all of them genuine affection. This very much reassured me.

She also reminded fans of what she does (mot much) and doesn't have control over when it comes to the movie:

"I think there are many misconceptions-- understandable ones, but misconceptions nonetheless. So, here we go:
1. I don't choose the cast.
2. I don't choose the director.
3. I don't write the screenplay.
4. Actually, I don't control anything except who I sell the rights to, and that's already done.
I am in the fortunate position of being fairly well informed about what's going on with the movie. This is due partly to Pouya, "my film rep guy," as I call him, because he is involved on the production side. But unless you are an author who fights hard to get involved in the movie-making, your control over the process will be fairly limited.
Also, for those of you who are still concerned, I am in touch with everyone I met, in case they have questions about Divergent. (Actually, I think I'm supposed to be drawing a map of Dauntless headquarters to make it easier to visualize.) So even though I say I'm not in control, I will be involved when people ask me to be involved, and in the way I like to be involved-- when it's very much about the book."

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