Friday, March 28, 2014

You say you wanna revolution? Insurgent starts shooting this May in Chicago.


Whether you liked Divergent or not, (plenty haven't) the film is making good money and number two is already in the works. If you haven't read the second in the dystopian Chicago set trilogy, that makes two of us. I enjoyed Divergent but I haven't decided whether to give some of my precious reading hours to its follow-up. I just read the publisher's blurb on Veronica Roth's Insurgent
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
Sounds even darker than Divergent, if that's possible! I'm a little worried about the screenplay to tell you the truth. Brian Duffield wrote the script but the studio brought in Akiva Goldman to do a 'polish'. It's not the polish that's the problem, it's the polisher. I'm still pissed at Goldman for destroying Mark Helprin's beautiful Winter's Tale. With Goldman producing, writing and directing, you really have no one else to blame. That cast deserved better. Not only is Goldman giving Insurgent a polish, he's involved in the third adaptation, Allegiant as well. I'm getting angrier as I write this! My point is, IMHO, he's the last person I'd want polishing any script I was involved with - were I someone who had a script someone actually wanted to be involved in. Which I'm not. Okay, my rant is over. Apologies for the negative vibe; shake it off and move on.

Robert Schwentke (Red, Flight Plan, The Time Traveler's Wife) is directing both Insurgent and he'll helm the last in the series, Allegiant, too. Needless to say but I better, Shailene Woodley and Theo James will return as Tris and Four/Tobias along with Miles Teller(Peter) and Jai Courtney (Eric) and several others from the Divergent cast.

Production on Insurgent begins back in Chicago this May, with an opening set for March 20, 2015. Oh hell, there's already a release date for Allegiant; it's set to screen March 18, 2016. Mark your calendars:)



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