"Divergent" film to be made in Chicago

By WEEK Producer

"Divergent" film to be made in Chicago

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Hollywood is coming to Chicago in April.

On Monday, Governor Pat Quinn announced that Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment will be filming the movie, "Divergent", the film adaptation of the novel by Chicagoan Veronica Roth.

The movie production is expected to bring 1,000 jobs and more than $30 million in spending to Illinois. It is the first major Hollywood film for Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, the sound stage Governor Pat Quinn worked to attract to Illinois.

“Illinois is an ideal place for filmmakers with our skilled workforce, iconic shooting locations and one of the largest sound stages in the country,” Governor 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.”

Directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. The film will be released in theatres on Friday, March 21, 2014.

“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.”

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