Schwentke directed the the second and third film in the franchise.
The news comes two months after Lionsgate Entertainment decided to move the fourth film – “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” back from March 24, 2017 to June 9, 2017, reports variety.com.
The third film in the franchise, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is scheduled to release on March 18.
Lionsgate had no comment on Schwentke’s departure. A source close to the production said that the director, who is based here, felt that he needed a break.
The shoot on the fourth film will take place in Atlanta this summer. (IANS)