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Burger explains Divergent decision

Divergent director Neil Burger has explained he decided not to take the reins on the sequel because of "practical issues".

The filmmaker directed Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet in the first big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's young adult book trilogy - which is due out in the UK on April 4 - but it was recently revealed that he would not return to make the next instalment, Insurgent.

Neil told EW Radio that he turned down the chance to film the sequel because he had to go back to shoot some additional scenes for the first film, to explain the dystopian world Shailene's Beatrice Prior is living in.

He explained: "Once I was doing that, I was like, 'I can't be prepping one shoot on this film and then prepping a whole other movie at the same time,' and it was sort of the straw that broke the camel's back in the sense of being able to do (Insurgent).

"It's too bad because I love those actors and I do feel a certain ownership of the movie."

Robert Schwentke will take over as director for Insurgent, which will be released on March 20, 2015.

The German filmmaker is best known for 2010 action comedy Red, starring Bruce Willis, and 2009 movie The Time Traveller's Wife, featuring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

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