This Movie Franchise Could Dwarf 'Hunger Games' & 'Twilight'

Lionsgate's Divergent will compete with films from Comcast, Disney, Viacom to win the box office next Spring

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Like it or not, there's no denying the folks at Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF  ) and Summit Entertainment are pretty good at bringing best-selling books to life on the big screen.

Summit's five Twilight films collectively earned a staggering $3.3 billion in gross ticket sales between 2008 and 2012. They were so successful, in fact, Lionsgate opted to acquire Summit the January before Twilight's final installment was released.

More recently, Lionsgate's Hunger Games movie franchise has already proven a massive winner as well. The first Hunger Games, for example, garnered a solid $691 million in box office sales over its 24-week theatrical run last year, making short work of Lionsgate's reasonable $78 million production budget for the book-based film.

And though they upped the ante by forking out $130 million to produce the second film, as of yesterday morning The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had already earned nearly $685 million in global receipts -- all in a mere four weeks since its domestic debut. 

Going forward, Lionsgate has also intelligently chosen to split the third book, Mockingjay, into two separate films with planned late-2014 and 2015 launches.

This franchise could be the biggest yet

But don't for a second think Lionsgate is resting on its laurels.

Dystopian future fans, meet Divergent, the best-selling book trilogy for which Lionsgate already has the first film queued for release on March 21, 2014.

As it stands, the only other two wide releases hitting theaters that day will be Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) Muppets Most Wanted and Comcast  (NASDAQ: CMCSA  ) Universal's low-budget action comedy Stretch -- neither of which should present any significant threat to Divergent's young-adult target audience. The following weekend, however, I'll admit Viacom's (NASDAQ: VIAB  )  widely anticipated, big-budget biblical drama in Noah could certainly do some damage.

In any case, if you've seen Catching Fire in theaters, you've already been treated to your first glimpse of the up-and-coming film with the following trailer:

So just how popular is the Divergent series right now?

Consider this: When the third book, titled Allegiant, was released on Oct. 22, it promptly demolished HarperCollins' first-day sales record by moving an incredible 455,000 copies.

In fact, according to Amazon.comAllegiant even outpaced sales for the final Hunger Games book by a five-to-one margin in the month leading up to its release.

That's especially impressive when we remember Amazon also announced last August that, when you account for both physical and digital sales, The Hunger Games trilogy had officially surpassed J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter as its best-selling book series of all time.

No guarantees

But that's not to say every piece of literature Lionsgate tackles is an automatic hit. Remember Ender's Game has largely flopped at the box office this year, pulling in just $87.5 million worldwide going into its seventh week in theaters -- far short of the film's $110 million production budget. But Ender's Game also suffered through boycotts thanks to the outspoken anti-gay views of author Orson Scott Card, and was based on its namesake 1985 novel.

In short, even if Ender's Game did manage to overcome its author-related controversy, it couldn't enjoy the same relative novelty as newer stories like Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent. That's also probably why the thinkers at Lionsgate chose to mitigate their risk by not only financing just 20% of Ender's Game's production cost, but also selling the foreign rights to the film. 

It doesn't look like such caution will be necessary with Divergent, especially given its comparatively recent popularity and decided lack of abrasive controversy surrounding its 25-year-young author, Veronica Roth.

I will note, however, Roth has taken some flak from fans for the shocking way she chose to conclude her promising new series -- and don't worry, I'm not going to ruin it for you. But suffice it to say I was impressed with the lengthy, eloquent response Roth subsequently supplied on her official blog to explain her thought process to readers.

If anything, at this point Divergent's fan backlash appears more a lively debate surrounding the pros and cons of Roth's ending. Perhaps that's why, when questioned by analysts on the topic last month, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer responded, "A little controversy in terms of publicity never really hurts."

If he's right and Divergent's popularity continues to grow over the next few months, I see no reason it can't be Lionsgate's greatest box office triumph yet.

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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 12:41 PM, JonnahZKennedy wrote:

    The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth is truly and epic trilogy (Of course, I am part of the fandom that was not so much upset about the ending, but a tad bit underwhelmed), and I was very happy when I heard that it would be turned into a movie, the only problem (really) is how they're advertising it and how the movie will be adapted for the screen. The first book Divergent, doesn't really pick up on the plot until the last 100 pages (like the overall plot of the rest of the series that make sit so great). Most of the first book is Tris's training and her picking up on what being Divergent is and how it will effect her, but it's nothing huge where you see a true plot overall. In the film, I think they need to make it a much bigger deal, and that we should see more Jeanine Matthews (as in the book, we rarely see her until the end) and give us some behind the scenes of the whole political system (because in the book, we hear about it, but we never really experience this system that makes us see how this world works on another level; how the factions really do get down and dirty with words and decisions) I also feel like the movie would do better if they tried to show that this is not just another 'I'm different and I'm special' movie, because the books are much more than that, and if the movie degrades the plot of the book, it will not succeed. Before I move on, I really do hope that this movie also does not cater only to the fans, because that is the reason Catching Fire only able to keep the throne for 2 weeks before being frozen by Frozen. Catching Fire tried too hard to cater to the fans who'd already read the books are were looking for nit-picky things and looking for a movie that was very much attached to the book. It's good for an adaptation to be attached to the book, but at some point you have you give it it's own story like the Hunger Games did, the Hunger Games gave the books story while also unfolding it's own story. As great as Catching Fire was, it was not able to support itself with it's own internal story, it simply stood up on the book. Mockingjay will definitely have to get a strong backbone to hold itself if they really want to go out with a bang, for the book was very soggy compared to it's counterparts.

    Now, back to Divergent, the subsequent movies are going to ave to blow the box office, because many fans are already going to be biased about the ending and they're going to expect the same thing to happen in the movie, and for that reason, the films are going to have to do a better job of making the ending more meaningful to the whole story and being able to show the effects of the ending in the epilogue much better. They will have to be able to connect the previous two books to Allegiant as Allegiant finds it's own way to vastly disconnect from the rest of the series due to it's complications and due to its struggle to find a main villain, as Roth flips villains from chapter to chapter because of Insurgents ending; the movie of Allegiant would also have to do a better, more tight job of explaining the truth behind their world, as in the book, Roth uses up all her fuel in a big info dump beginning, and finds herself becoming very repetitive and unable to find a real plot to finish the story with, and because of this, the book has a lot of fluff and not a lot of substance like the rest of the series.

    As far as POV's in the movies, in order to really care about this world on another level, the actors are not only going to have to bring their game, but we need to see a lot of cutaways from Tris because in the last book, it becomes difficult to tell Tris from Tobias, and for that reason, I think that we should be able to see all the scenes where Tobias only mentions doing something without Tris and we get to see a little bit of story change where Tobias actually has a reason to be seen more often than Tris. In addition to this, the POV's in these movies need to not only add depth to the story, but take advantage of the Four stories Roth is working on by making those a far larger part of who Tobias is, as there's so much that we probably won't get to see about Tobias and only hear about it.

    In the movies, they are also going to need to illustrate in a really well done way how these factions are slowly falling apart: in the first movie, we need to see signs that the system is being demolished, we need to hear those faction manifestos and how it's all beginning to become ore human; in Insurgent, we need to get the real looks of how the city council is broken, how the factions reflect this, and how you cannot simply be one virtue if you wish to truly live; in Allegiant, we obviously see these factions demolished, but still there (one of the things that Roth illustrated fluently and beautifully is that you can take away the factions, but you can never take the faction out of yourself, no matter what measures you take to get them out of your system, they will always be there with your gestures and your ways of life.) One of the ideas that Roth tries to show is that we are broken and the factions will always reflect our lives, and this needs to be shown in the movies.

    Overall, the goal of these movies has to be:

    -To cater to both new audiences and the fans, without making it overall one or the other

    -Be able to make the movie it's own story, while also keeping the books story

    -Be able to keep the ideas that are conveyed in the books within the story in a way that is easy for views to digest and really latch onto

    -Be able to make us care deply about these characters

    -Able to show all sides of the war and keep you from being too biased for one side of hte other; there have ot be qualities on both sides where you really consider maybe going for the bad guys at one point, making you believe that yes, they are doing something good and the good guys are only hindering their progress.

    -Like they say in the book industry, you just have to write a good story, in this case, it just has to be a good movie, otherwise they won't get the budget to make a much flashier Insurgent and Allegiant (Which I desperately hope they don't split into 2 parts, the book shouldn't have even been as long as it was, I couldn't stand 2 2 hour movies)

    That is all, I look forward to seeing it and seeing how it all plays out in the long run! I also can't wait for Roth to write a new book at some point.


  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:24 PM, theocanada wrote:

    lol. no. NO. This absolutely will not be bigger than either of those franchises. It just doesn't have the same sort of broad buzz and appeal.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:28 PM, sarahjs wrote:

    I enjoyed the first book in the Divergent series. I didn't like who the main character became in the second book, and I HATED the ending in the third book. Due to that, I am not nearly as excited about this series as I am about The Hunger Games (because there is no series of books out there that I love more).

    From what I've read, I am not the only reader that despised that ending. Not sure how that will affect movie turnout. I'll probably still go, but I'm not going multiple times (like I have for Hunger Games).

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:28 PM, mokabean wrote:

    Yeah...they may want to consider rewriting the whole last book of the trilogy. It was SOOO bad. I got the sense that Roth just got sick of it and had no idea what to write. It was a huge let down after the first two.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:32 PM, toomuchgas wrote:

    The trailer looked good. Hunger Games was ok. Didn't see Twilight after the first.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:34 PM, twist58 wrote:

    Well, Lionsgate has had its ups and downs when it comes to a book series being turned into film adaptations. "Twilight" was mainly mixed-to-negative, whereas "Hunger Games" had it's mostly positive reviews. Proof enough that the studio may have an advantage if they do well with the "Divergent" series.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:48 PM, victoriadarling wrote:

    After I found out Tris dies in Allegiant, I decided I am never going to read another Veronica Roth book as long as I live. And not just because of the cheap shock value throwaway death, the whole last book was complete rubbish. This series is dead to me. The last book is so awful I can't even recommend this series to anyone anymore. Don't waste your time or your money. It's not worth it.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 2:54 PM, victoriadarling wrote:

    Unless Lionsgate releases a statement saying Tris won't die, I doubt this movie with get much hype. Like, make The Fifth Wave into a movie, Lionsgate, don't focus on this crap. No one wants to watch a series where all the good characters die and the ones who are left over are so out of character it's like reading fanfiction. No one wants to see this movie. Not as it's presented in the last book.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 3:11 PM, jhs39 wrote:

    Neither Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows nor The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn benefited creatively from being split into two films. In both cases the first movies were extremely unsatisfying and felt padded out with unnecessary scenes. The final books of the Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games aren't longer than the earlier books. If splitting the books into two movies was a good idea creatively then they would have done it with all of the earlier books in the series as well. It might be a good idea financially but it's a horrible trend creatively.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 3:12 PM, delfra wrote:

    You're making some big predictions about an unproven franchise buddy, better watch yourself and try not jumping the gun there. "Hunger Games" just exploded out the gates last topping 400 million domestic, something I definitely can't see "Divergent" doing and I'm sure you don't see either, and I'm not even a HG fan. You talk about "Noah" impacting it one week later, but you foolishly forget the week after that a little film called "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" releases which will be a bigger hit than both of those films. You've got to study box office schedules a little better next time.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 3:45 PM, Michelle285 wrote:

    Wow, this is the first article that dared to be ambitious - and perhaps naive - enough to dare suggest that Divergent could be even bigger than Hunger Games or Twilight. It will not. It's not that big of a book series. It doesn't have the same kind of brand recognition that those franchises had leading up to the films. And I say this as someone who really loved the series (except for the third book) and looks forward to the movie and hopes it will do well. Lionsgate is predicting modest success. They are not kidding themselves into anticipating Hunger Games-level numbers.

    It's really unclear what effect, if any, the third book will have on the turnout. It did turn off a great many in the fanbase, and it is affecting the general audience as well. I have already come across a number of newer reviews from people who say they had never heard of this series at all until they saw the trailer at Catching Fire, became intrigued, bought/rented the books, then after reading the third book regretted ever starting any of them and are now debating whether they care to watch the movie anymore. This will only happen more as more and more people become aware of this series as the marketing picks up.

    I hated the third book -- not because of the ending but because the entire story was stupid because it basically took the entire premise of the first two books and threw it out the window and became a completely different story. I have no idea how they are going to adapt the third book into a movie because the whole story doesn't fit into the series, not to mention being really stupid on its own merit. (Veronica Roth must have never taken a science class or opened a science book in her entire life.) If this movie franchise takes off and they get to make the whole series, they would do well to rewrite the entire story of the third book. The ending does bother me not on simple principle, like some people, but because of how poorly it was done. However, it must be noted that a lot of people are not going to see the third movie at all if they hear it will end the same way.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:02 PM, Cybela wrote:

    Sorry, but those books are weak compared to The Hunger Games, and even - dare I say it? - Twilight. If it does take off, it'll be largely due to sheer luck. They're no more popular or better than The Mortal Instruments books, and we all saw how that went over a few months ago. Next!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:04 PM, danze4 wrote:

    Another name for the Matrix just missing Mr Reeves

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:17 PM, AhuraMazda wrote:

    Why this will succeed? Because there is always a new crop of tweeners out there to lap it up. And they seem to make up the majority of movie-goers in these times. Tip to any aspiring author: Write for this age group and not only will your books probably sell but the rights will be picked up by Lionsgate. I should say that I am glad these kids are reading; I just hope they go on to read something of substance.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:19 PM, Michelle285 wrote:

    It must also be clarified that most of the backlash regarding the ending of the third book is not for the fact itself, but for how poorly executed it was and how pointless it was to the story. A lot of critics mistakenly think the book's phenomenally poor reception is because of all the crazy fangirls who are upset about how getting the fairytale ending they wanted. Those people are the majority. Most people hate the ending for literary reasons. And, more importantly, the disapproval of the ending accounts for a small portion of the book's bad reviews. A majority of people hated the book because the entire thing was just plain bad.

    Just want to get it out there. I really think that Ms. Roth and her team thinks that the only reason this book was not received well is because of the sad ending and that couldn't be farther from the truth. Allegiant was a one-star book before we even got to the ending.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:30 PM, DonkeyJunk wrote:

    Regardless of Lionsgate success, clearly posting about popular teen books gets a lot more traffic. Yay. Attention.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:39 PM, lalashi485 wrote:

    I was at the Miami Book Fair this year and there were booths for both Divergent and The Hunger Games. While the HG booth was loaded with people trying to get free posters, pins, etc., the Divergent booth was desolate despite the fact that they were giving away the first 6 chapters away for free. The poor women working the booth looked so bored as they tried to convince people to take a book from the pile sitting in front of them. I felt bad and took one, I even tried to read it over lunch. I got so bored. It was like reading a poor version of the HG. I don't anticipate this being as successful as the HG or Twilight. In fact, I believe the only reason it has been flying off the shelf is because there is no more HG to read and people want something to fill the void it left.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 4:55 PM, Michelle285 wrote:

    All of these marketing efforts - such as giving away free samples of the first six chapters - indicate that the studio anticipates this will be a decent success. NO ONE expects this to be as big as Hunger Games or Twilight (except the guy who wrote this article, anyway). The other YA flops didn't get any real marketing or promotional attention because they knew the inherent potential in those stories was limited. I believe Divergent has good potential to reach across general audiences, and so they are doing their due diligence to put the word out.

    But it's not going to dwarf The Hunger Games. Come now.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 5:17 PM, jcar01 wrote:

    The series that they need to buy the movie rights is, "The Wheel of Time," by author Robert Jordan. His Wheel of Time series is on par with the, "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." If you've never taken the time to read this authors books you really should.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 5:59 PM, hardwroc wrote:

    Still haven't seen a Potter , Twilight, or Hunger Game movie, so this one sounds less inspiring than they did. Maybe if they get it hyped on every media source possible for a few months it'll sell.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 6:33 PM, nomoreusa wrote:

    I doubt that Divergent will be bigger. I watched the trailer while waiting for Catching Fire to start and I wasn't impressed. I wasn't the only one as I heard many people around me go "Nah", "Pass" or didn't say anything about the trailer as opposed to the trailer for Jupiter Ascending, which many people talked positively about.

    The only reason Twilight did so well is because kids went to go see it, but adults passed it. Adults don't like Patterson ("what's handsome about him?") and Stewart ("is that a guy?") and thought the story was blah as opposed to Jennifer Lawrence ("she's hot!!!") and Hunger Games because both looked good. Seriously, Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress, both sexy and talented (she won an Oscar for Silver Lining's Playbook, which btw is a great movie). Like Justin Bieber, kids will outgrow and forget Twlight as they grow older. But no one will forget Hunger Games and Jennifer Lawrence.

    Oh, and as for Divergent, it may turn out to be so-so. It just won't be as good or better than Twilight or Harry Potter and definitely won't outshine Hunger Games.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 6:48 PM, zowiedied wrote:

    It would have to be incredible to overcome the name, "Divergent."

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 10:52 PM, caviar4thought wrote:

    The most intelligent and tense life-and-death "games" ever imagined are the ones in the "Four Letters and a Tale," compared to which the Hunger Games are at the level of some fourth grader trying his hand at his first novel ...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2013, at 11:32 PM, DavidW1974 wrote:

    Sorry, but three words always come to mind when I hear this..... The Golden Compass.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 12:41 AM, Sevenpenny wrote:

    Oh yay.... a young adult version of The Matrix... yawn....

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 12:44 AM, Gigigigi wrote:

    Motley is being played for a fool. Lionsgate is oing sage control after the disaster the author made of the third book in the trilogy. Who wants to invest emotion into a character who des senselessly at the end? Who would have watched Twilght knowing Bella died in the end? Hunger Games knowing Katniss never survived? Harry Potter if he had been killed? Answer: NO ONE. The author screwed Lionsgate along worth the rest of us, and his is nothing more than damage control. I expect better from you, fool.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 1:07 AM, octopussoup wrote:

    Amazon saying Hunger Games is the best selling series just on their sight means little. Harry Potter came out before the kindle came out.

    I think Muppets will make more than this will. That has a built in audience and the last film did well. This on the otherhand sounds like the end justifies not seeing any of it.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 5:17 AM, smartfone wrote:

    Another stupid article. This gal is no jennifer lawrence.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 7:27 AM, mmmcgal wrote:

    I read Divergent, and can't say I was all that impressed with it. I didn't find the main character "Tris" to be as endearing as Katniss - I never found myself sympathizing with her plight. As far as the movie goes, I'm a little concerned about the casting. Not to be mean, but I don't think the female lead is as attractive as Jennifer Lawrence - so I think they might lose out on the "hot chick" factor....

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 12:28 PM, viggen111 wrote:

    I'm not sure it's a good bet that this movie will be as big as Twilight or Harry Potter.

    Having read the first book of the series, my impression of the author is that she isn't that mature. There was nothing in that book that felt completely original to me --the author just doesn't have much depth to draw from (I found her idea of "training" and "learning," even her idea of "badass" to be laughable). I weep for the literary marketplace if this book is an example of what ideally succeeds. "Harry Potter" at least could appeal to a more sophisticated audience, while "Divergent" really is just kind of a teen girl book.

    Admittedly, teen girls made "Titanic" one of the biggest movies of all time, so that's not to say that a story targeted at teen girls can't succeed as a movie, but I'm not convinced it will be anything but simply a boring retread of the current literary fads. I actually kind of hope it will succeed, if only to get Hollywood thinking about making a few more big movies that are not about superheroes.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 1:19 PM, pelagraborscht wrote:

    Good analysis, JZK. Thanks. I look forward to seeing it all play out.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 1:42 PM, Davidkh5 wrote:

    I am getting sick and tired of books being split into two movies. Was the Twilight crap not a good enough lesson? How much integrity will these people sacrifice for a sake of a dollar? Isn’t 2.7 billion not enough? Why do you have to mess up the book by trying to make another half a mil. THEY WILL STILL BE PROFITABLE. In most cases there simply isn’t enough material in a book to make two movies. Example was the last Twilight. The last movie (part two) should have just been a 15 minute addition to the first part and that would have been it. For the Hobbit a whole new material had to be written to make a 3rd movie. When will it be enough? If you are making a move based on a book, just base it on a book and stop messing with it.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 1:56 PM, kjintex wrote:

    I was very upset at the ending of this series, I want my happily ever after for Tris. I hope Lions gate rewrites most of the last book. If not, they'll lose a lot of viewers, this one included.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 3:29 PM, lesliephoenix wrote:

    The best series that would blow everyone out of the water would be to get the "Pern" books on the big or small screen.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 5:00 PM, nerdishhabits wrote:

    Absolutely not.

    I've read the Hunger Games Trilogy, and I laughed ,cried, and mourned as the stories progressed.

    Twilight, it was way to preteen for me to touch. Didn't enjoy the movies either.

    The Divergent series is not all that great. It is ridiculously repetitive, and, personally, the "action" in the book was terribly written. Not to mention the ending was bad... like, I spent days reading these books for nothing, bad.

    Ender's Game (the book) was amazing! I first read it 4 years ago, reread it once every year, and was hoping it would be made into a movie. It did happen, but the fact that Ender's struggle was internal didn't play out well in a movie. Don't get me wrong, I liked the movie, but I knew what Ender in the book was going through while I watched Asa Butterfield in the movie.

    I think this will be one problem for the Divergent movie(s). Most of the struggle with Tris - and even Tobias- is internal (Did I make the right choice; I'm afraid of my Divergence; I'm genetically damaged, what do I do; etc.) and that will not translate well on the big screen. I'm sure the love story will draw in tweens and teens (it is as ridiculous as Twilight's love story) but the rest of the content won't be enough to make this already-lacking book into a good enough movie.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 5:23 PM, wizarddrummer wrote:

    My favorite series to this day, that has remained at the top of my list since 1980 then I read it is:

    "Double Exposure" Piers Anthony which is first three books in the Apprentice Adept series: Split Infinity, Blue Adept, & Juxtaposition.

    I was so captivated by this story that I read the entire set of three books in one evening, more than 1,100 pages I think.

    I started reading somewhere around 7:30PM, thinking I would read for a few hours and then go to sleep...

    I was flipping through pages like a junkie goes through Heroin fixes. I finished the next morning at approx 6:30 AM and there were times I sweated and was emotionally drained.

    It was an experience more than just a read.

    Brilliant characters, plot twists and a reality / fantasy that eclipses any other series I've read including The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Dragon Riders of Pern and others.

    The reason this series is not in the forefront of people's minds is that the hype of the Lord of the Rings eclipsed this series. I'm surprised that no one has made any movies of the Dragon riders of Pern.

    While this series is my favorite in book form and would have been impossible to do until the CGI of today, it would be an impossible movie to make in today's anal retentive, oppressive society without destroying the essence of the story.

    The story is about two realms coexisting at the same time in the same geographic space.

    On Proton, the two classes of human beings are Citizens and Serfs. (from the wiki article) "In the series, Proton is only one planet in a galaxy of human-inhabited worlds. Most of the atmosphere of the planet has been destroyed through the mining of Protonite, a valuable energy source, and the inhabitants of Proton live in domed cities with artificial life support.

    Despite its advanced science, Proton's socioeconomic scheme somewhat resembles the medieval period. The planet is run by fabulously wealthy Citizens but the bulk of the inhabitants are serfs. Serfs must be employed by a Citizen and remain naked at all times unless ordered otherwise by a Citizen. A Citizen has complete authority of his serfs and may order them to do anything he desires. Serfs, however, are not slaves; the serfs of Proton have all chosen serfdom as their occupation (or are descended from those who have). After twenty years of work, a serf earns a gram of Protonite, and his retirement. While a paltry sum on Proton itself, this is enough to make the former serf comfortably wealthy elsewhere in the galaxy. Even then many serfs would choose to stay on Proton after their twenty years are up, but it is not permitted in most circumstances.

    In addition to the Citizens and serfs, Proton is home to advanced robots, some of which are self-aware and possess their own free will. As the series opens it is not common knowledge that some robots are self-willed. Humanity has also made contact with alien species, some members of which make their homes on Proton as well."

    The movie could not be made or shown in the USA because everyone would blasting it as child pornography.

    Sad, but true.

    I recommend this series to all that like science and fantasy, technology and magic.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2013, at 6:24 PM, nowandthenreader wrote:

    boring boring boring

    why does every film have to be a franchise ?

    most of them are bad enough first tme around let alone endlees sequels, prequels and reboots.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2013, at 12:23 PM, tojoes wrote:

    I think there are some gross overstatements here - first off, I will wholeheartedly admit that I am not a big book reader, that being said - I've never even heard of Divergent. Whereas I had heard much about HP and HG long before ever seeing a movie. That being said, I went to see HG two weeks ago, I enjoyed it very much - thought it was much better than the first, but of the 4 people (myself included) who went not a single one of us thought the Divergent trailer looked good. It definitely didn't make me want to see it.... and last time I checked I was in the target demographic that you were speaking of.... and lastly you said it gets released the same weekend as the next Muppets movie, well - the last Muppet movie made $30mil opening weekend - which isn't too shabby for "non-blockbuster" action-type film.... and seeing as how they have grown in popularity since then and have more stars in the next movie - I would assume this one does even better than the $30mil of the previous film. All that being said, I wouldn't start speculating that Divergent is going to be a big franchise until after the 1st one is released - if it's anything like "Ender's Game" - which looked awful in trailers, and did awful at the box office, chances are it could be a one-and-done and 3 of them won't be made. Hard to say.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2013, at 3:52 PM, ouarmy2012 wrote:

    Saw the trailer in theaters, pretty sure i said to myself "boring". No way this will be bigger than Hunger Games. It will probably make money but not $600 mil plus money.

  • Report this Comment On March 29, 2014, at 2:33 PM, Julphil39 wrote:

    I happen to like the books so much that I could not stop reading them until I got to almost the end of the last one and find out 'Tris dies and it breaks my heart. I know it's a book but that's what's you want when you write a book or make a movie, you want emotions and that's what I felt throughout the whole series. Why does she have to die? Seriously, there is no need for it. You can find another way for her and Tobias to live their lives together after they worked so hard to get that freedom!!! Just saying'.....alternate ending, you've done it with other movies, can't you do it with this one? I so cannot wait to see them!!!!!!!

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