Third ‘Divergent’ Movie ‘Allegiant’ Will Be Split Into Two Films

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Divergent Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James Third Divergent Movie Allegiant Will Be Split Into Two Films

The Harry Potter series may have led the cause, but it’s clear now that every studio is on the lookout for hit young adult book series they can adapt to film. It’s easy to see why: the films have a built-in fanbase, feature fantasy and sci-fi elements that appeal to the masses and often target that critical demographic of teen moviegoers.

However, one trend that seems to be cropping up again and again with the likes of the Twilight and The Hunger Games series (not to mention Harry Potter) is the desire for studios to split these best-selling books into multiple films. Both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – the final installments in their respective book series – were split into two films, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay set to follow suit. Now it seems we have another franchise to add to that list.

According to Variety, Lionsgate – the same studio behind Twilight and The Hunger Games, it should be noted – will split Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, into two films. We already knew that the remaining films were in active development and that the goal is to have an entry in the Divergent series released each March, following the release strategy the studio used in releasing The Hunger Games films.

Divergent Interview Miles Teller Jai Courtney Third Divergent Movie Allegiant Will Be Split Into Two Films

Given the studio’s history with such properties, the decision isn’t exactly a surprising one, especially when considering that Divergent earned a healthy $56 million on its opening weekend. It’s a smart business move, but splitting Allegiant into two films will almost certainly incite the same kind of discussion as previous instances of this approach, leaving Divergent fans wondering if this will ultimately hurt or help the finished films.

After all, the general consensus seems to be that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 are less substantive and satisfying than their direct sequels, causing some fans to wonder if the final entries of those franchises would have been better served with a single, super-sized film rather than two separate releases. As Lionsgate moves forward with production on Divergent sequel Insurgent, the studio would be wise to take this into account, though the fans will certainly show up for the films regardless.

Do you think it’s a good move to split Allegiant into two films? Is there enough material in the final novel to warrant separate releases? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Divergent is now in theaters. Insurgent will be released on March 20, 2015, followed by Allegiant: Part 1 on March 18, 2016 and Allegiant: Part 2 on March 24, 2017.

Source: Variety

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  1. I don’t think it needs to be split in two unless they plan to change some of the story line. I think it is a shame that Tris did get killed off because people look forward to seeing the relationship of Four and Tris grow and blossom to something more mature and steamy and knowing that they never get their Happy ever after kind of kills the desire to see these films. Just saying cus I was really looking forward to March to see Insurgent and I will still see it but today I finished reading Allegiant and that kind of spoiled the desire for me.

  2. It a shame that Tris Prior got killed in the end, it’s such a shock that I have to agree, it kind of spoiled the remaining 3 movies for me. Although it was probably a great way to accentuate her strength it doesn’t make you feel good. It took me more than a week to get over it.