RED and R.I.P.D. director hired for Divergent sequel

News Simon Brew
12 Feb 2014 - 06:48

Robert Schwentke is taking over from Neil Burger, and will direct the Divergent follow-up Insurgent...

Arriving in cinemas next month is Divergent, the first in a planned trilogy of films based around the books by Veronica Roth. Shailene Woodley takes the lead in the film, with Limitless helmer Neil Burger directing. But it's been known for some time that Burger wouldn't be returning to do the next film.

And now we know who is. Robert Schwentke has been hired by Summit Entertainment to direct the next chapter in the saga, Insurgent. Most recently, he was responsible for R.I.P.D., which it's fair to say wasn't one of 2013's finest movies. Prior to that, he's helmed the first RED movie, Flightplan and The Time Traveler's Wife.

On paper, he seems a weaker choice than Burger, but get the right material to the right person, and good films tend to pop out the other end. That might just be the case here.

The film already has a release date of March 20th 2015, so he'd better get cracking...


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