EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schwentke has dropped out of directing Divergent: Ascendant, the final installment of the Veronica Roth novel series that stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Theo James and Naomi Watts. Lions Gate will now scramble to find a director to keep the series on schedule, as it’s dated for June 9, 2017 release. Nothing sinister here. Schwentke just needed a break, after making Insurgent and Allegiant, back to back. He has a good relationship with Lionsgate, where he helmed Red.