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Shailene Woodley Divergent

Shailene Woodley Was “Very, Very Sick” During ‘Divergent’ Movies

Shailene Woodley opened up about her health in a recent New York Times interview discussing her role in the upcoming movie “Endings, Beginnings.”

Woodley is the face of numerous book-to-screen adaptations, including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and Big Little Lies. But success for Woodley didn’t come as easily as you might think; in her New York Times interview, she discusses a health scare that nearly ended her career. While she doesn’t go into detail about what she was suffering from, Woodley talks about the negative impact being sick had on her career.

I haven’t spoken much about this yet publicly, and I will one day, but I was very, very sick in my early 20s. While I was doing the ‘Divergent’ movies and working hard, I also was struggling with a deeply personal, very scary physical situation. Because of that, I said no to a lot of opportunities because I needed to get better, and those jobs ended up going to peers of mine who I love.

At the age of just twenty-one, Woodley began filming the Divergent movies, which spanned from 2013 through 2015. The last Divergent book, Allegiant, was originally set to be split into two films. But after the amateur success of Allegiant, the final movie, Ascendent, was slated to air as a TV-movie instead.

 

In a 2016 interview with Screen Rant, Woodley said she hadn’t signed up to be in a television movie and wasn’t “necessarily interested in doing a television show.” Her castmates echoed similar sentiments and, in the end, the producers never went forward with the idea.

While Woodley feels that, when sick, she “was in a place where [she] had no choice but to just surrender and let go of [her] career,” she ends the NYT interview on a positive note.

 

Now I’m on the other side of it, thank God. A lot of the last few years has been about focusing on mental health for me, and it’s a slow process. But because of that work, I feel very grounded and rooted in who I am and very clear about everything in my life, whether it’s my career or my relationships or my own internal worth. I feel very grateful to have walked that line of fire, because now I know what I don’t want to ever go back to.

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Standing Firm For Four Years

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t.” – Veronica Roth, Allegiant

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The last of the Divergent Trilogy, Allegiant, celebrates its fourth year as a movie adaptation. Known for its gratifying books, the Divergent series was one that every young child looked forward to. From being confined in a faction-based society to overthrowing the government, Tris has learned to become something bigger than herself in order to save human nature.

 

 

Long ago, back in Divergent days, Tris believed in the society that she lived in, but once she had she choose her new faction separate from her family, things became a lot trickier. Offered a chance to explore the world beyond the wall, Tris and Tobias are ready to start a simple new life together, free from the terrors of the past. What they weren’t prepared for, was the new reality being worse than the one they left behind. Given new truths that change the hearts of those around her, Tris must face this new world by making “impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.”

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Once Allegiant was published in 2013, bookstores were able to sell “455,000 copies on its first day.” Can you imagine how many books have been sold since then? With these sales, it is no surprise that the box offices made $179.2 million on that movie alone.

 

 

Having read all three books and have seen all their adaptations, I am not surprised about how well it has done. It still comes on the movie channels occasionally, to grant us with its glory. I say keep it coming, because I’m not complaining!

 

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The Chaos of Chaos Walking

Stay strong, Chaos Walking fans, one day our film will come – maybe.

The Chaos Walking adaption has been a long time in the making. The first book in the series by Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go, was published in 2008 by Walker Books. In 2011, Lionsgate acquired the rights to a film adaption of the entire trilogy. As a massive fan of the series I, like many others, was excited. The original story was well-written, fleshed out, exciting, all the ingredients of a stellar film version were there.

 

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What’s more, news about the adaption was gaining traction, especially after some of the cast was announced. Tom Holland was brought on board as Todd, the story’s 12-year-old protagonist, alongside Daisy Ridley as Viola. Filming started in August 2017 in Montréal, Québec, with a tentative release date of 2019 that quickly became 2020. The movie underwent re-shoots after the first cut was considered “unrealeasable” and since then, the fate of the film has been somewhat uncertain.

 

 

A big part of the issue with the re-shoots lies in the actors’ schedules. For one, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland have had a busy few years. Between saving distant galaxies and the less distant Manhattan as Rey and Spiderman, both were unavailable for shooting for a number of months. When they returned, it seemed that making audiences believe either of them were in their early teens would be no small feat.

 

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The real kicker of the saga is that the times have simply changed. In 2011, dystopian fiction was huge. The world was ending left, right and center! Katniss was volunteering for The Hunger Games, Tris was jumping on trains, Bella was… well we’re still not entirely sure what Bella was doing. Point is, the tidal wave of dystopia has since passed and it simply isn’t the same market that it once was. Allegiant, the third film adapted from the Divergent series, didn’t receive a great critical response and Rotten Tomatoes awarded it a meager 11%. Ouch. The final movie was scrapped, too.

A Chaos Walking film could have been a massive success back in the era of apocalypses, factions and romance-against-the-odds. Now, it may not have the same appeal. Fans of Ness’ work may fill cinema seats but the question of profit is sticky. Between re-shoots and the constant pushing back of the release date, Lionsgate may find themselves with long term consequences.

 

 

The good news is that fans remain hopeful that the film will eventually see the light of day. Plus, the constant change in release date means that traction is still there as audiences wait for a final deadline. If nothing else, the drama comes as a great excuse to re-read the series from the beginning.

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