After the exit of director Robert Schwentke from the Divergent series movies, Lionsgate has finally found a new director to helm the last movie of the series, Ascendant, which is scheduled to release June 9, 2017. The new director, Lee Toland Krieger, directed Age of Adeline (2015), which hit theaters in April 2015.
So, the question here is whether or not Krieger will do a good job with the Divergent movies. While the movies have definitely diverged from the books, Insurgent, which was directed by the previous director, Schwentke, received decent reviews, scoring a 6.8 out of 10 on IMDB.
Krieger’s most recent movie, Age of Adeline, has 7.2 out of 10 stars on IMDB and a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, giving the movie a warm reaction from moviegoers and a lukewarm reaction from critics. However, The Vicious Crime (2009), which he wrote and directed, won awards at both the Strasbourg International Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. Fans of the Divergent books and movies seem to be expressing everything from receptiveness to anxiousness about Krieger joining Ascendant.
Welcome Lee Toland Krieger to the @Divergent family! I trust you'll create a beautiful ending.
— hannah (@celestialdances) February 29, 2016
@TheologiansNet @AllegiantCA Age of Adaline was awful, so I'm very unhappy about this news. 🙁
— BarbaraK2U (@BGofter) February 29, 2016
@Variety So excited, love the Divergent Series!
— serve store clerk (@luvkween16) February 29, 2016
So, as fans of the Divergent series, we have hopeful expectations for the finale of the movie series with the guidance of the new director.
What do you think of the new director?