Akiva Goldsman Tapped to Work on 'Insurgent' Script (Exclusive)

3:47 PM PST 01/27/2014 by Rebecca Ford
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"Divergent" director Neil Burger will not return for the second film in Summit's YA franchise; the search for a new director is ongoing.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been tapped to work on the script for Insurgent, the sequel to Summit's upcoming YA adaptation Divergent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

The producers are currently looking for a director for the sequel, as Neil Burger, who directed Divergent, has decided not to return for the sequel, citing schedule conflicts. Sources say shooting on the sequel will begin in the spring.

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Divergent, based on Veronica Roth's popular YA trilogy, stars Shailene Woodley as a teen living in a futuristic North America where people are divided into groups based on certain values. At the age of 16, each citizen is allowed to select what group -- or faction -- they will live in. Theo James also stars.

Brian Duffield first worked on the script for Insurgent, which is slated to hit theaters March 20, 2015. The first film in the series, Divergent, will open March 21, 2014. Lionsgate's Summit has slated the third film -- Allegiant -- for March 18, 2016.

Goldsman won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. The writer-producer, who has stepped in to work on several other film scripts in the past, wrote The Da Vinci Code and co-wrote Cinderella Man, I, Robot and Angels & Demons.

Goldman wrote and directed the upcoming film Winter's Tale, which stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe, and will hit theaters Feb. 14. He's repped by CAA.

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