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Release Date Set For Film Adaptation Of "Divergent"

Laura Santana |
September 18, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Move over, Katniss Everdeen – a new female-driven dystopian trilogy is coming to the big screen. 

The "Divergent" series book one cover (Veronica Roth).
The "Divergent" series book one cover (Veronica Roth).

The film adaptation of “Divergent,” the first installment of author Veronica Roth’s debut young adult trilogy, is scheduled for March 21, 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter

“Divergent” is set in a dystopian Chicago of the future, where a 16-year-old girl must choose to join one of five ideological factions that control society. 

Much like how Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw divide Hogwarts into four houses based on a person’s personality, “Divergent’s” Chicago is divided into five different societies: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the fearless), and Abnegation (the selfless). When people turn 16, the city hosts a Choosing Ceremony (hello, Sorting Ceremony) where the teenagers must choose what society they will join.

Roth’s protagonist, Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior, is conflicted by which society to join. She takes an aptitude test only to find out that she is suitable for three different factions – thus making her Divergent. 

As Prior goes through the trials to be initiated into a particular society, drama ensues.  

Evan Daughtery (writer of “Snow White and the Huntsman”) will adapt “Divergent” for the big screen. No director has been set yet.

“Divergent” the novel was released in May 2011 and the second installment “Insurgent” was published in May 2012. 


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