Sunday 23 December 2012

'Divergent' Movie WILL be Filmed in Chicago

According to The Chicago Sun Times, the Divergent movie will be true to the book and film scenes in Chicago:

"The film, based on the popular book trilogy for young adults titled “Divergent,” will star actress Shailene Woodley, who recently starred in the hit George Clooney film “The Descendants.”
Gov. Pat Quinn’s Illinois Film Office — as well as the massive film studio Cinespace — worked hard to recruit the gig, which is expected to bring the state tons of cash and lure the same teen audience who ensured the monetary success of the “Twilight” film series and “The Hunger Games,” both of which are based on books.
“They’ve been busy for months wooing a new blockbuster to Illinois,” said the source. The movie is about a teenage girl who lives in a dystopian Chicago society divided into factions based on different virtues. Filmmakers “fell in love” with various shooting locations around Chicago, according to the source."

Wednesday 5 December 2012

'Insurgent' & Veronica Roth Win in the Goodreads 2012 Awards

Congratulations to Veronica Roth on winning 2 Goodreads Choice Awards!
It was a landslide victory for the author, who finished thousands of votes ahead of the competition in the Best Goodreads Author & Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction categories.

Well done to the fans for supporting the series! Screencaps after the jump.

Sunday 25 November 2012

Interview with 'Divergent' Movie Screenwriter Evan Daugherty

As we know, Evan Daugherty is writing the screenplay for the Divergent Movie, and thanks to Bookish, we get a great inside look at what the script will be like and the adaptation challenges he faced:
"Screenwriter Evan Daugherty has had quite the year.

His script for “Snow White and the Huntsman” (which sold in a massive Hollywood bidding war) was realized as a blockbuster film starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, and his second script, “Killing Season”–starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro–is in production and set to release next year.

Thanks to Daugherty’s whirlwind success, the offers have been rolling in–one of which happens to be the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s beloved dystopian YA novel “Divergent.”
 The sequel to the runaway best-seller “Insurgent” has also been a top seller since its release in April 2012. In development by the studio behind the Twilight and Hunger Games movies, the project, set to release in May 2014, is on the heels of some major buzz as Shailene Woodley has reportedly neared a deal to play protaganist Tris, and actors are lining up to play her love interest, Four. But, lucky for YA fans, Daugherty was able to give us the early scoop on his vision for the script:

Saturday 17 November 2012

Four Actors Tested For "Chemistry" With Shailene Woodley?

According to Deadline: Summit Entertainment is bearing down on the male lead in Divergent, the adaptation of the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel that will star Shailene Woodley. She’s the next hot gal after a breakout performance in The Descendants, followed by scoring the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. I’m told that Summit held Divergent “chemistry” readings yesterday that paired Woodley with four young actors: Luke Bracey, Brenton Thwaites, Lucas Till and Jack Reynor.

Tuesday 30 October 2012

'Insurgent' Collectors Edition On Sale Today

On sale today is a deluxe collector's edition of Insurgent by Veronica Roth with brand-new content:
• "Free Four"— in print for the first time.
• Exclusive, full-color foldout poster
• Faction tattoos
• 48 pages of bonus content, including interviews with Veronica Roth, playlists, faction party tips, and much more. Go check it out!

Epic Reads
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Via DivergentFans

Friday 26 October 2012

Rumour Round Up: Colton Haynes & Alexander Ludwig up for the Role of Four?

Here are the latest rumours regarding the casting of Four.
First up, Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) tweeted about having a meeting for the part, obviously keen to get the role. However, yesterday morning Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf) sparked a whole load of intrigue by following Veronica Roth on twitter, and then tweeting the message below. Very interesting! watch this space.  

Saturday 20 October 2012

Video: Veronica Roth Talks about 'Insurgent' & More

Veronica discusses books she's reading, Insurgent, factions, and more.

HarperTeen | Via

CONFIRMED: Neil Burger will Direct the Divergent Movie

Veronica Roth has confirmed Neil Burger will be the 'Divergent' Director!
"So. I wasn't able to discuss this before because it wasn't official, but the Divergent movie adaptation has a director: Neil Burger!

Neil Burger directed The Illusionist and Limitless, both movies that I enjoyed immensely, both visually dynamic and interesting. Soon after the deal was closed I got the opportunity to speak with him on the phone. I was nervous beforehand-- handing over your work for someone else to interpret is always nerve-wracking, and I wasn't sure what to expect.

But by the time I hung up-- an hour and a half later!-- I felt very reassured. Neil knew the books remarkably well, and asked some amazing questions about the world and the story, and generally demonstrated tremendous respect for the books and for my answers.  I actually found myself wishing he had been around while I was writing, to help me think through the particularities of the world of Divergent! I'm sure I would have been more efficient if he had. Like I have before, I'm feeling like my work is in good good hands.

Because I feel so reassured by my experience with Neil and his work, I've felt pretty calm about any and all casting news I've received, knowing that all the people who are working on this movie have a strong vision for it that is grounded in the books."
This is great news! The movie production will move along much faster now a director is on board.

Thursday 18 October 2012

CASTING NEWS: Shailene Woodley in Talks to Play Tris Prior in Divergent?

UPDATE: Veronica Roth has confirmed Shailene is in 'final talks' to play the role.

From Deadline:
"EXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley has become the hot young actress in town. She’s in talks to play the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and now I hear she is negotiating to play the female lead in Divergent, the Veronica Roth novel that will be directed by Neil Burger for Summit Entertainment. Produced by Red Wagon partners Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and adapted by Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Evan Daugherty, the book is compared to The Hunger Games because of the age of the characters and the violence that takes place in a futuristic setting. This tale takes place in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into factions based on human traits. A 16-year-old leaves her faction to join a rival one, but during the violent initiation she falls in love with a young man and they try to find their place in this rough world. Paradigm reps Woodley."
Critics have nothing but nice things to say about the actress in her most recent roles. Of course, no casting will ever make all fans happy, & everyone will have differing opinions on how Tris should look, but we should bear in mind a quality actor/actress is worth far more than looking exactly right, as Veronica mentioned previously:

“For me, they are clearly their own people, so if I had a dream cast, it would be people who are relatively unknown or anyone who can capture the sort of tough but vulnerable spirit Tris has,” she said. “I’d rather have a good actor than an actor who looks just right.”

Thursday 13 September 2012

Divergent Movie Release Date Announced: March 21 2014

Exciting news! We have a release date! Mark your calendars.

From Deadline: Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment announced today that the filmed adaptation of the young-adult adventure novel Divergent, which Neil Burger has been set to direct, will open wide in North America on March 21, 2014.

Friday 20 July 2012

UK Interview With Veronica Roth

Thanks to The Modge Podge Bookshelf for this great interview:
What were the challenges of getting back into Triss’s head after everything that happened to her in Divergent? Did you find that you had to approach her differently? 
VR: The biggest challenge was learning how to do justice to her immense grief and guilt. Everyone reacts to loss differently. In the early drafts of Insurgent, I felt like Tris wasn't grieving at all, and in the middle drafts, she was too isolated-- I finally found ways to show those difficult, painful emotions in ways that made sense for her, like her inability to hold a gun, or her nightmares, or the triggers that set off painful memories. She's also not quite the same person I knew in Divergent. She's been forced to grow up and to expand her idea of what's important—not factions, but love, and sacrifice.

Sunday 24 June 2012

Divergent/Insurgent Movie News

From Deadline:
"Lionsgate and Summit, companies built on the novel adaptations of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, are staying on their bookish paths. So much so that the combined entity has a hold on the latest New York Times bestseller lists that the company’s betting will turn into box office success down the line. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, tops the Children’s Paperback books list this week. Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list."

Saturday 12 May 2012

Insurgent Debuts at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List + Veronica Thanks Fans

Great news! Insurgent is #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list! Congratulations to Veronica and HarperTeen. Check out Veronica thanking fans in the video below:

YouTube | Via

Thursday 10 May 2012

Read The First 100 Pages of Divergent FREE

Thanks to HarperTeen you can read the first 100 pages of Divergent,
or if you've already read it, share it with your friends!

Click HERE to see the sample.

Monday 30 April 2012

Lord Voldemort Interview With Veronica Roth

You may remember the Dark Lord @Lord_Voldemort7 from Twitter encouraged Potter fans to "fill the void" with Divergent previously. This time, in honour of the soon-to-be-released Insurgent, he has an interview with the brave author herself. Very dauntless! We can confirm she survived.

Read the entertaining interview HERE

Thursday 22 March 2012

More 'Insurgent' Book Teasers!

More Insurgent teasers have been posted by the Official Divergent Facebook page.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here they are:
“’Can I ask why you’re throwing knives at cheese?’

‘Caleb came by to discuss something,’ Tobias says, leaning his head against the wall as he looks at me. ‘And knife-throwing just came up somehow.’
‘As it so often does,’ I say, a small smile inching across my face.”
And the second:
“I am tired of being Tris. I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are a part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am.”
Via DivergentLexicon