If Summit Entertainment has anything to say on the matter, Neil Burger‘s upcoming adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling young adult novel Divergent will be the next big franchise to cash in on the lucrative dystopian teen movie going market. It’s got all of the pieces in place, a strong female protagonist, a screwed up futuristic world, a ready made audience, and a built in franchise—there are multiple books already on the market, just waiting to be turned into movies. Starring Shailene Woodley, the film hits theaters March 21, 2014. Now the studio has released an infographic and a new synopsis that both shed some light on the proceedings.
In the futuristic Chicago of Divergent, when children hit 16 they take a personality test that decides which one of five factions they will join. This new image breaks down the classes in an easy to digest visual format. There’s Amity, the peaceful; Dauntless, the brave; Abnegation, the selfless; Erudite, the intelligent; and Candor, the honest. Here is what the latest plot outline has to say on the matter:
Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
Because she has aptitude in for multiple groups, she joins the Dauntless faction, despite her divergence, which is a secret. There she meets her trainer Four (Theo James), who also doubles as a love interest, and she must unravel the plan to take out her and her kind.
Given the cast, the prime release date, and the hype, Divergent feels like the most likely successor to The Hunger Games domination of the genre—we’ll see how Catching Fire performs this November, but anything less than a massive haul will be a shock to most of us. After The Mortal Instruments: the City of Bones turned in a less than stellar opening this weekend, that one appears to be out of the running. The Maze Runner is a contender, but out of all of the impending herd of similarly themed adaptations, Divergent has a more complete package. The cast is top notch, and also includes Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, and Miles Teller. Even from a story and character perspective Roth’s story has a leg up on the competition. The studio has already hired a writer for the sequel.
Summit recently released one of the most teasery teasers ever to tease, in the form of a 13-second first look at the film. It’s sort of a trailer, but not really. In reality it’s a preview of a trailer that is set to appear tonight, during the broadcast of MTV’s Video Music Awards at 9pm Eastern and Pacific.