Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick, the producers of ‘Insurgent’, the sequel to ‘Divergent’, sat down with Hero Complex to talk about the process of adapting a book into a film. Among many things, the topic turned to their decision to take on Robert Schwentke as the new director in the Divergent film series.
Check out an excerpt of the interview:
HC: How is working with Robert different than working with Neil?
DW: They’re both very sort of distinct artists. “Divergent” is very much Neil’s take on Veronica’s world, a very distinct and successful take…. “Insurgent” is a much different movie. You have a much more complicated Tris. You have a woman who’s been through a lot of loss, and she’s got to find an angel kind of strength. She’s got to make peace with a world that’s in much more turmoil than the one in “Divergent.”
HC: So what made Robert the right choice to direct “Insurgent”?
DW: A few things. First, we listened to a lot of very talented filmmakers about how they would approach “Insurgent,” and Robert came in with both a really great gut sense of Tris’ emotional journey, and he was really fascinated by her recovery and triumph from post-traumatic stress, and he also has great visual instincts. We were very stimulated by his ideas. One of the most exciting visual possibilities is always the fear landscapes, and he had really extraordinary visual ideas. That’s always been one of Veronica’s great creations, that allows you to sort of play in the world of “Inception.”
What do you guys think? Does this sound like the right man for the job?
You can read the full interview here.