Ever since Veronica Roth’s first young adult novel Divergent was released in 2011, comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have been rife.
While both series focus on a young woman who rebels against her dystopian society, Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James were swift to dismiss the comparison when Digital Spy sat down with them earlier this week.
“The storylines are inherently very different,” Woodley said. “At the end of the day, it’s like comparing Star Wars to Star Trek.”
Director Neil Burger also discussed his decision not to stay on for upcoming sequels Insurgent and Allegiant, explaining that Lionsgate’s tight release window made the scheduling impossible.
“It was always going to be a crazy schedule,” said Burger. “I was going to be editing this movie while I was prepping the next movie which was going to shoot in May… it was too crazy.”
Woodley and James admitted that the prospect of carrying on the series without Burger was “strange”.
Divergent is out now in the US, and opens across the UK this Friday (April 4).