Producer of The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Veronica Roth’s Divergent books are incredibly popular. Did you worry that making changes to the story would alienate the fans? We constantly check ourselves to say that whatever adjustments we’re making as the writers come in should build on, and sort of do jazz variations on, Veronica’s melody. We have to make sure they’re still hitting our guts the way the book does.
Was it freeing to come into this movie with your world already built? We did a lot of work establishing it the first time, so now we get to do much more exploring and play with it. Whenever you do world building, that’s the luxury of the next movie if you’re successful – making the world coherent and engaging.
You also have the handy plot device of simulations that allow you to get inside your characters’ heads... It’s such an opportunity. Tris is a young woman dealing with her anger and rage, and how much she can control it. She has to face the things that she’s most angry about – to face Kate Winslet in the sim and try to control her anger. And then when that anger erupts, we have brilliant visual effects artists who can say, “Okay, this is what her erupting anger would be like in a sim.” With computer graphics now you can do anything, so it becomes all the more important to do something specific. They make it feel exactly how rage feels from inside. Richard Edwards