It’s been called the next Hunger Games; Divergent is not only led by a strong female protagonist fighting against an unjust system in a dystopian world, but it will be seen on the big screen thanks to Lionsgate, the same studio behind The Hunger Games.
That seems to be something of a challenge for Lionsgate execs who have moved to dispel some doubts from investors that Divergent may not be innovative enough to do well at the box office. It’s hoped that Divergent will become the next huge book-to-movie franchise with Fanshare reporting that the book sales are tracking ahead of both The Hunger Games and Twilight at the same point in their cycles.
According to the report on Deadline, Lionsgate met with Wall Street analysts to talk through early plans for the movie version of the book.
CEO Jon Feltheimer noted that, like Hunger Games, the new film — also based on a book series for children and young adults that anticipates a dystopian future — will open in mid-March (specifically, March 21, 2014). Divergent’s book sales “are approaching the 3M mark and continue to compare favorably to The Hunger Games and Twilight franchises at a similar point in their trajectory,” he says. But Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman says he recognizes key differences in the stories, and their fan bases. In Divergent “the society is different,” he says. Hunger Games “is about the society that’s striving for survival” while Divergent “is about the way a society is surviving with distinct personalities and how those personalities interweave with each other.” Not sure that I get the distinction, but the analyst who asked the question called the insight “helpful.”
So what do you think? Have you read Divergent? Do you think it will be bigger than The Hunger Games or does it even really matter? Let us know in the comments below.