Summit Entertainment has hired RED director Robert Schwentke to helm their Divergent sequel Insurgent. Divergent doesn't even come out until March 21st, but I guess the studio is already committed to making a trilogy without knowing how well the first movie will do. They must really think the movies will do well. I personally think the first movie looks like it's going to suck. But, all the Twilight movies sucked and they did well at the box office, so maybe there's a decent sized fan base for the book series that the films will be based on.
Veronica Roth wrote the trilogy of sci-fi novels, and Akiva Goldsman is currently writing the script for the second movie, which is being fast-tracked into production. Divergent director Neil Burger couldn’t direct the second movie because the post-production on the first movie would overlap with pre-production for the sequel.
The story takes place in a "future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late."
Insurgent already has a released date of March 20th, 2015, and the third film, Allegiant, will be released on March 18th, 2016. The films will star Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet.
Here's the story description for the sequel if you want to know what happens in a sequel to a movie that you haven't even seen yet.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.