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Divergent Director Neil Burger Wont Return for Sequel

Fans havent even seen the first Veronica Roth adaptation hit the big screen yet, but we already know its probably going to be very different than the sequel.

E! News has confirmed that Neil Burger, the director for Divergent (starring null and null), will not be returning for the trilogys second film, Insurgent (Variety first broke the story).

SequelNeil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We cant wait for you to see the film. But as amazing as Neil is he still cannot be in two places at once and thus needs to finish post production on Divergent while we gear up to start production on Insurgent, Summit Entertainment began to say in a statement obtained by E! News.

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So, although Neil will continue on as part of our Divergent family as an executive producer, we sadly have to find another director for the next chapter in Veronica Roths fantastic series.

Insurgent is slated for a March 2015 release date, which requires that production start this spring. Lionsgate also announced Monday that the third film, Allegiant, will be released a year later on March 18, 2016.

There is no word as to who will be Burgers replacement at this time.

Sequel2Set in a dystopian Chicago, the story centers on a society divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue—Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite—with all 16-year-olds required on a particular day to select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.

The first film, which will be released in theaters on March 21, 2014, also stars null and Miles Teller.

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