"Divergent is an epic adventure movie, and Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg
[JunkieXL] are creating the music, which doesn't mean that it's big or
bombastic. In fact, it's the
opposite," says Burger. "Those guys are great at getting into Tris's head and
making the music
feel very intimate and very personal so you feel her dilemma and what's at stake
for her in this
world. Also, our music supervisor Randy Poster, has been finding songs to put in
the movie. He
got Ellie Goulding involved and she's a great singer with a voice that gets you
right into Tris's
head. All the music is working in one direction to really make the movie from
her point of view, as
well as to drive it forward in an incredibly energetic way."
The official movie soundtrack has been produced by Interscope Records, and
tracks from Ellie Goulding, Zedd featuring Miriam Bryant and M83, among others.
"The challenge of this movie is that in a way it's act one of a trilogy,"
says director Neil
Burger. "Some of the things that we're setting up in Divergent, don't get paid
off until the next
movie. That was challenging, to give enough information so people understood
happening, without giving away what was going to be the resolution of another
book or movie."
"In addition, when we were filming this movie, Veronica hadn't even finished
third book Allegiant, which didn't even have a title at the time," reveals
Burger. "I was talking to
her all the time about what was going to be happening in the third book to make
whatever choices we were making, we were going down the right path. We were very
the larger story line of all three books."
"The fantastic thing about the launch of Allegiant was to see it shoot to the
top of all
these bestseller lists," says Burger. "You realize what a huge fan base the
books have and that
it's just growing. The intensity of the reaction and the passion of those
readers is fantastic."
"When making Divergent, you do know that there's a fan base. But if you feel
doesn't work well enough to stay faithful to book, then it's not the right film
project," says Burger.
"Obviously, you can't fit every character and every subplot and every element in
the movie, and
it's agonizing to make those choices. But, I wouldn't have done the film if I
didn't think that most,
if not everything, could fit into the movie to bring out the real spirit of the
story. I am confident that
the readers of the book will be happy."
"Even though we condensed some things and had to create a particular through
relationship of Tris and Four, the experience of the world, and the life in
Dauntless with the
training, and the fear landscapes, they are all there. These are all very cool
experiences that come from the book. I hope film audiences have an intense
experience and go
on a wild ride, whether it be on the zipline or jumping off trains. I also hope
that they put
themselves in Tris' shoes and come out of the movie thinking what would I do?
"Divergent is a movie about empowerment," adds producer Douglas Wick. "It's a
that doesn't quite work and it basically says if you can dig in deep inside
yourself and power
through, you're going to be okay. If we get that right on screen, it's going to
resonate with a lot of
Roth was able to observe filming regularly in Chicago. "Veronica came to set
really enjoyed it, so she kept coming back," says Burger. "It was a big film
production with a huge
cast and crew, all in the service of her ideas. She seemed to be enjoying it so
much. It was
interesting, because she was a spectator, but at the same time she's the main
player, so it was a
unique position. She's the ultimate insider in Divergent, but also looking at it
from the outside."
"Watching it come to life has been particularly rewarding because Veronica
able to share and watch it with us," says producer Lucy Fisher. "We thank her
very much for
imagining this world that we could then hire the best craftsmen and artists to
make each faction be its own individual place, with its own costumes, with its
own scale, with its
own universe. She's so delighted every time she visits. We thought she would be
she came to visit the set, because of the hurry-up-and-wait that's involved with
but she wasn't. She really enjoyed seeing the actors work and the
behind-the-scenes of it all."
"What makes Divergent unique is that Tris goes through this incredible change
person. She goes from being this meek, unassuming person and becomes this badass
comments Burger. "The other thing that makes this movie unique is the romance
and Four. Even as she gets close to him, neither of them are sure where the
other one stands.
After they break through that, it becomes this incredibly powerful romance. They
and fight, even as they've just forged this connection with each other."
"In addition to the challenges of this epic landscape, we also had another
which is Divergent also tells the story of an inner life. Inside the
simulations, we create that inner
world and make you understand the rules of it," says Wick. "In one of the most
in the movie, Tris actually is invited into Four's inner world. It's the most
intimate thing you can
imagine in a love story, someone unzips themselves and says, 'Come in and have a
see who I really am.' One of the extraordinary things about Veronica's book is
that despite the
extent of her world creation, it's always about real characters. In the middle
of this epic story,
there's a very well observed love story. Tris comes to Dauntless and she's
greeted by this
mysterious warrior, Four. The evolution of their story is very much the heart of
Roth comments, "Divergent is about exploring this new world and getting
new experiences; and Insurgent is about dealing with the consequences of what
Divergent. For Tris, this will be an incredibly difficult road."
Principal photography wrapped in Chicago on July 15, 2013. Additional
including El Train and aerial units, took place in the following months in both
Chicago and Los
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