Of course, she’s referring to the news that Lionsgate chose to go in a TV movie wrap up for the fourth film, rather that a theater release, followed by a possible spinoff series, our sister site Variety first reported.
There’s still plenty to figure out with regard to the Divergent films wrapping up their final chapter with a TV movie, and potentially spinning into a new series from there, but it looks like Tris may be leaving the faction. “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show”, Woodley told the site.
In her mind, Shailene Woodley might have already consciously uncoupled from the Divergent series-and she may never go back. “At this point, it’s a different set of circumstances …”
The film industry is no democracy, mind you, and sometimes decisions like this are made without the cast’s input. “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show”, she shared. Then again, her words also echoes a recent sentiment by Woodley’s franchise co-star Miles Teller, who previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the news of Divergent’s move from big to small screen “caught us all by surprise”.
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show”, Woodley said.
Interestingly enough, Woodley is now set to co-star in HBO’s Big Little Lies adaptation alongside Oscar-winning actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. We’ll see. I honestly haven’t talked to anybody.
“Things do change anytime they’re messing with something that was not the original intention”, Teller explained.
The first two films, 2014’s Divergent and 2015’s Insurgent, were solid box office performers, but this year’s installment, Allegiant, was a critical and commercial flop.
After a successful run on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she found success in movies like The Fault in Our Stars so it’s understandable that she wouldn’t want switch mediums after such a smooth transition.