Director Robert Schwentke Departs Final ‘Divergent’ Film, ‘Ascendant’

Director Robert Schwentke arrives for the premiere of "The Time Traveler's Wife" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on August 12, 2009. Schwentke will not direct the final film in the "Divergent" series, "Ascendant." File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 9, 2016 (UPI) — Director Robert Schwentke has departed The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth and final film in the popular post-apocalyptic franchise.

According to Deadline, Schwentke needed a break after helming the last two entries,Insurgent and Allegiant back to back.

Lionsgate will now be looking to hire a new director soon as Ascendant was scheduled to shoot in Atlanta this summer with a planned June 9, 2017 release date. Neil Burger directed the first Divergent film.

Based on the YA New York Times best selling series by Veronica Roth, The Divergent Series: Ascendant stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, and Jeff Daniels.

The third entry in the series, Allegiant is still on track to make its Mar. 18, release date.


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