Director Robert Schwentke departs final 'Divergent' film, 'Ascendant'

By Wade Sheridan  |  Feb. 9, 2016 at 1:45 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (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.

Lions Gate 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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