Allegiant Teaser: Beyond the Wall

AllegiantWe’ve got our first teaser trailer for the third Divergent movie, Allegiant! Dystopians so often feature very closed societies, and I’m always interested to see what happens and how the system breaks down (both internally and externally – does the worldbuilding hold up?) when the world expands a bit, so I’m looking forward to this. (Insert Game of Thrones “beyond the wall” joke here.) It was also good to get a look at Jeff Daniels, who I feel is suddenly in everything, though I guess I just mean this, Steve Jobs, and The Martian. Otherwise: Running around with guns. Kissing. General sense of doom. Basically what I look for in a Divergent movie.

Allegiant Part 2 Gets a New Name

AscendantWe’ve known for a while that the third book in the Divergent trilogy would be split into two movies – of course, what third book isn’t? – but last week MTV broke the news that the fourth movie would have its own name – Ascendant – rather than being called Allegiant Part 2 or similar. This is probably a good marketing decision – it’s not like “allegiant” is a word that particularly rolls off the tongue. Some book fans are mad, of course, but it doesn’t seem to be that controversial. You can see the new Ascendant logo at left; click through to see the new Allegiant one as well. That MTV article points out something interesting about the tagline – if “The End Is Never What You Expect,” well, is it not what book fans expect or not what NON-book fans expect? Because those could be very different things.

Teaser Trailer: Insurgent

InsurgentWe’ve got the first teaser trailer for Divergent sequel Insurgent, which will hit theaters on March 20th. I must confess that I haven’t read the book yet – I’ll get on that soon, I swear – so I can’t evaluate the teaser as far as how it reflects the novel, but it’s certainly an arresting minute of video. Thoughts?

Movie News: Allegiant, Room, X-Men, Goosebumps, & More

The third book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, will be split into two movies.

Brie Larson will star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room.

Here are some details about X-Men: Apocalypse, including some of the stars who will return: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult.

Ken Marino has been cast in the Goosebumps movie.

Brad Pitt will star in an adaptation of Michael Hastings’s Gen. Stanley McChrystal book The Operators.

Alcon and Alloy have acquired Ann Brashares’s The Here and Now.

Divergent Release Day Previews

DivergentDivergent is finally in theaters today! Are you going? Let me know what you think! (I’m going to go but I’m traveling this weekend so it may not be until next weekend; I’ll belatedly post some thoughts then.) Here’s a special preview featuring Ellie Goulding talking about the music she did for the movie:

Here’s a new promo called “Four Warrior:”

And one called “Who You Are:”