‘Ascendant’ Moves Forward on TV; Here’s What We Know


Last year we heard that Lionsgate planned to debut The Divergent Series: Ascendant on television rather than in theaters. The intention was then to launch a TV series with the same post-apocalyptic setting.

Shortly before the announcement was made, Lionsgate announced a deal to acquire the Starz premium cable service. That deal was finalized last December. Now comes word via Deadline that Starz will be the home for the series, based on Veronica Roth’s novels.

Here’s what we know so far.

Who will write and develop the series?

Adam Cozad (Tarzan) will write the series; Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline) will direct. Both were previously attached in those capacities for the planned fourth movie in the big-screen series. They will also serve as executive producers for the series.

What is it about?

Originally, the fourth movie (The Divergent Series: Ascendant) was expected to conclude storylines from the first three installments, so it’s likely that the series will wrap those up and then begin introducing new characters and storylines. The books established a society that divided its citizens into factions, defined by their personality traits and social inclinations, so the possibilities for a continuing series are far-ranging.

Who will star?

Shailene Woodley, who starred as the heroic Tris, says she will not be appearing again in the series, but we have yet to hear from the other actors, such as Theo James and Ansel Elgort. The new creative team will obviously need to decide if they will recast certain characters or simply write them out of the series entirely.

When can we see it?

The Starz project is still in its very early stages. For a barometer for when it might make its debut, another recent Starz series, American Gods, was first announced in July 2014 but did not make its premiere until April 2017. So we may not see anything until 2019 at the earliest.