Lionsgate has issued delays to two of its 2017 science fiction – fantasy adaptations: The Divergent Series: Ascendant and Power Rangers.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth and final film in the series of adaptations of the book series by Veronica Roth, has been delayed from its previously scheduled premiere date of March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017, where it will open against Paramount Pictures’ zombie thriller World War Z 2. The film, which is produced and distributed by Lionsgate’s subsidiary Summit Entertainment, will adapt the second half of Allegiant. Allegiant is the third novel in Roth’s popular book trilogy, which follows a young woman who finds herself caught up in a rebellion against a fascist government in a post-apocalyptic city.
The third film, which adapts the first half of the book, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, is expected to release on the big screen on March 18, 2016. The two films contain much of the same cast and crew, including director Robert Schwentke (RED, The Time Traveller’s Wife) and stars Golden Globe Award nominee Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class), two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (King Kong, The Ring), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars, Carrie), Nadia Hilker (Spring, In the Gallery) and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Good Night and Good Luck).
Meanwhile, Power Rangers has been delayed from its previously announced release date of January 13, 2017 to assume The Divergent Series: Ascendant‘s now vacant position in Lionsgate’s schedule on March 24, 2017. The film is an adaptation of the loopy multimedia franchise of the same name, which has spawned more than a dozen television series as well as video games, comics, a card game, a stage play and two previously released films in the late 1990s. The franchise, and presumably the upcoming movie, follows teenagers with superpowers who save the world.
Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac, The Department of Nothing) from a script by Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) and Zack Stentz (Agent Cody Banks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the film stars Naomi Scott (The Martian, Terra Nova), Becky G. (Empire, House of Sin), RJ Cyler (Second Chances, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men, Betrand the Terrible) and Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt, Marco Polo).