Fans of ‘Insurgent‘ may have noticed that the latest trailer had a large change from the novels and author Veronica Roth is speaking out on what to expect from the film. While many films differ from their source material, there has been quite a large contention brought up by fans of the series. Of course, there are spoilers within so if you are looking to go into the film blind and haven’t read the books, you may want to turn back now.
First, the big change in the trailer is the shot of Shailene Woodley’s Tris expertly holding a gun. If you haven’t read the books, this may not seem like a big deal. However, in ‘Insurgent’ she has a huge issue of holding onto firearms due to being unable to cope with the fact that she killed her friend Will. Roth however has shrugged this off.
“I think having an action movie in which the heroine can’t hold a weapon, then the whole movie is about her not being able to hold a weapon. But they found other ways for her to express her emotional state, other than the gun-holding. For me, that was all the gun-holding thing really was, a way of showing how traumatized she is by what’s happened to her. But I think that still comes across in the movie, which is good.”
Sounds fair enough to me. It’s a way to deal with the loss that doesn’t take away from fans who have read the book and those that haven’t. As long as they have a way to bring up her dealing with the loss, I feel this could be a fair change.
However, that isn’t all that is different in the movie. There is also the addition of a mystery box in the film that is a major plot point and mainly there to be a time saver:
“I think it kind of streamlines the story, really. There’s a lot of different movements that Tris makes in the book — she’s going to Erudite, she’s going away from Erudite, she’s going back to Erudite — and she experiences a lot of those simulations throughout that process. But in the movie, you just need that smooth arc. And also, to give Jeanine [Kate Winslet] this motivation to target her specifically — in the book, it’s a little more nebulous, but it’s very specific in the movie.”
According to Roth, and I would agree on this, this book is the most complicated of the trilogy. So instead of having to constantly explain what is happening, changes were needed for the big screen:
“It’s like they found a way to keep some of my favorite moments: the simulation where Tris fights herself, the simulation where she encounters her mother, the one where she thinks she’s getting rescued but she’s not — all those things are in the same place, happening at the same emotional peak, which really works.”
Roth isn’t the only one who mentioned the changes as actor Ansel Elgort says:
“It’s a movie, and sometimes you have to make sacrifices to make a good movie. It can’t always be exactly how the book is, because it might not work in a screenplay. The reason why these screenwriters have a job is because they’re good at their job.”
I think this is probably the most accurate quote here. We all know book to movie writing has to change and this one pretty much hits it on the head.
Executive Producer Todd Lieberman adds:
“When you take a beloved book like this — and the rule we always follow is to take the essence of what’s true in the material. But obviously, it’s hard to translate something from book to screen. So we took the essence. There’s some creative liberties we took, which wouldn’t necessarily be allowed or feel like a forward-moving trajectory in a film, but would be necessary for that, so we invented a couple things. But I think for the most part, the true essence of the characters and what was so beloved in the book [remains] in the film. … The same will be true of the next film. Be reassured.”
Producer Double Wick does make it a point to stress that any changes from book to screen were brought to Roth for her approval:
“We take the fans very seriously. When a book sells 30 million copies, you understand it’s communicating something very powerful, so we had great respect for the source. Then the job is to make it work in another medium, so if we were completely faithful and the movie didn’t work, Veronica would’ve been very disappointed. So we made changes, but we consulted with her and she was happy with them.”
Finally actress Maggie Q added:
“If they’re in love with Tris — as they should be — her journey in this one is really spectacular. [Fans will] have a visceral reaction to it because Shailene is such a wonderful actress, and they really do go deep with it.”
To be totally fair, the changes that were made seem to make sense in the time constraints of a film. While we won’t know exactly how it plays out on screen until the movie is out, I have faith that these will be for the better.
If you’ve read the book do you feel that these changes are fitting or will they take away too much from the source material for your taste? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter