Updated 03:57 PM EDT, Mon, Jul 15, 2019

'Divergent Series' Director Robert Schwentke Steps Down for Final Film 'Ascendant'

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"The Divergent Series: Insurgent" director Robert Schwentk announced his plan to take a break from work, leaving the fourth and final installment of "The Divergent Series" franchise without a helmer.

After working on "Insurgent" and the upcoming "Allegiant," Deadline revealed that the German-born helmer has decided to leave the director's seat just before the fourth "Divergent" movie begins production.

According to the outlet, Lionsgate and Schwentk remain on good terms.

However, Deadline also claims that the production company is now scrambling to find a new director to replace Schwentk now that it is just a little more than a year before the scheduled June 9, 2017 release of "Divergent: Ascendant."

Though Lionsgate has not revealed any potential replacements for the "Red" director, Screen Rant pondered on the possibility of Neil Burger returning to the franchise.

The outlet noted how Burger, who directed the first film in the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling series "Divergent," received commendation from Summit Entertainment for his work in the franchise in December 2013.

"Neil Burger is a rock star and he is doing a fantastic job on Divergent. We can't wait for you to see the film," Summit said in a statement cited by Deadline.

On the other hand, Cinema Blend finds it rather unusual for a director to leave in the middle of the franchise so suddenly, considering the franchise only has four movies, unlike the lengthy "Harry Potter" series. 

This may lead some to speculate that something nasty occurred during the production of "Allegiant," though Deadline promised that "nothing sinister" is going on.

"The Divergent Series: Allegiant," which features reprising stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, and Naomi Watts is due in theaters on March 18.

As the third installment of the franchise, "Allegiant" follows the events of "Insurgent" where Tris (Woodley), Four (James) and the rest of the gang venture past the wall which holds both hope and uncertain danger.

They are taken into the custody of a mysterious agency called the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

According to Movie News Guide, rumors have been circulating about the probability that the final two movies may be taking a different path than that of Roth's best-selling book.

One of these changes may include a flashback of Four's childhood as well as a younger version of Tris' mother.

This, however, remains as speculation and will only be proven once the movie is released.

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