New ‘Insurgent’ Director Has An Eye For Action

Robert Schwentke of 'R.I.P.D.' and 'Red' takes the reins on the 'Divergent' sequel.

With just over a month to go before “Divergent” hits theaters, Hollywood is already full speed ahead on the film’s exciting sequel. And now we know who’ll be behind the wheel when “Insurgent” goes into production: according to The Hollywood Reporter, director Robert Schwentke has been tapped to helm the film.

“Insurgent” will be an action-packed follow-up to the first film in the “Divergent” trilogy, and as previously noted, the story could use a director with expansive, imaginative vision to bring it to the big screen. (Without spoiling anything for those who haven’t read the books, suffice to say that “Insurgent” widens the lens on the broken society that heroine Tris inhabits, with an action-packed plotline that’s both bolder and bleaker than that of its predecessor.)

With a short résumé that’s heavy on the action-comedy oeuvre — among other things, Schwentke’s the man responsible for the world’s most entertaining explosion sequence to involve John Malkovich and a rocket launcher — the director is an interesting choice for a dystopian teen thriller that’s much more gritty than it is whimsical. His most recent movie was last summer’s “R.I.P.D.,” which started out with a fun and compelling concept but suffered from a dodgy script and lack of development on pretty much all fronts.

But the director has also proved himself adept at bringing complicated and beloved literary source material to the big screen, most notably with “The Time Traveler’s Wife” in 2009. With the right people at his side — most notably Akiva Goldsman, whose skills and experience with futuristic urban dramas will be put to great use on the “Insurgent” script — Schwentke’s eye for action and sense of story could be just what the franchise needs.

“Insurgent” will be out in theaters sometime in 2015.