Shailene Woodley on 'Divergent' Move to TV: "I Didn’t Sign Up to Be in a Television Show"
"Out of respect to the studio and everyone involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I'm not necessarily interested in doing a television show."
Divergent star Shailene Woodley isn't so sure about the final film in her franchise heading to television.
"I didn’t sign up to be in a television show," Woodley said in a recent interview with Screen Rant. "Out of respect to the studio and everyone involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show."
Ascendant, the series' fourth and final film, initially was dated for theatrical release on June 9, 2017, but after the franchise's third installment — Allegiant, starring Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Jeff Daniels — earned just $66 million domestically, Lionsgate began to rethink its strategy for the fourth film based on Veronica Roth's book series. The project is now being reconfigured as a TV movie with a potential spinoff series.
The final Divergent film being reimagined as a TV movie was a shock to Woodley's co-stars as well.
"It caught us all by surprise," Teller told The Hollywood Reporter last month at the War Dogs premiere in New York. "At this point, it's a different set of circumstances," he said of the possibility of reprising his role as Peter in the franchise's finale. "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," he continued. "We all signed on for it in hopes that it'd be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise]."
Teller added that he still holds the franchise in high regard. "I'm not kidding when I say that you won't find a single actor who worked in that franchise who would have anything bad to say about that experience," he said. "It's all good. I've got nothing but love for everybody I've worked with on that franchise."