Movie version of sci-fi hit `Divergent' to film in Chicago
Shailene Woodley (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / May 7, 2012)
Based on the first in a trilogy of young adult novels set in a dystopian Chicago by local writer Veronica Roth, the film is expected to generate $30 million in spending and -- unlike “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “The Dark Knight” -- it will be shot entirely in Chicago, including soundstage work at Cinespace (which is also currently home to the NBC series “Chicago Fire”).
Roth’s follow-up, “Insurgent,” was released in 2012; the final book is expected later this year.
If “Divergent” does as well at the box office as Lionsgate hopes (it is set to open in March of 2014) that will likely mean Chicago has a lock on any sequels. Director Neil Burger (“Limitless” and “The Illusionist”) and star Shailene Woodley (“The Descendents”) will be in town shooting the first installment through June.
A Chicago native, Roth, 24, finished “Divergent” while an undergrad studying creative writing at Northwestern University. She currently lives in Chicago.