A source tells EW that Schwentke wanted to take some time off after directing the second and third installments, Insurgent and the upcoming Allegiant, back to back. Neil Burger directed the original Divergent film.
Lionsgate is expected to move quickly to find a replacement director, as Ascendant is scheduled to shoot in Atlanta this summer. The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, and Jeff Daniels, is slated hit theaters June 9. Deadline first reported Schwentke’s departure.
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