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Adaptation of “Divergent” Set to Film in Illinois

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    NEWSLETTERS

    So what if "Batman" didn't work out. Illinois has another project in the wings.  

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced the movie adaptation of Chicago-based novel "Divergent" will begin filming in April. The movie, directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants," The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), is expected to bring in 1,000 jobs and more than $30 million in local spending, Quinn said.

    “Illinois is an ideal place for filmmakers with our skilled workforce, iconic shooting locations and one of the largest soundstages in the country,” Quinn said. “The film industry is creating good jobs for Illinois electricians, welders, construction workers, actors, make-up artists, security guards and more while also fueling growth in our economy.”

    "Divergent" is penned by local author Veronica Roth about a future world of residents divided into factions by their personalities. Quinn pointed out "Divergent" marks Cinespace Chicago Film Studios' first major Hollywood film.

    “When Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment was considering where to make their movie, we worked hard to showcase all the attractive features of filmmaking in Illinois,” said Betsy Steinberg, deputy director of the Illinois Film Office. “We are gratified that they have recognized the great reasons to bring this project to Illinois.”

    The film will be released March 21, 2014.